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VCU ALUMNI ASSOCIATION 

Alumni Association Officers 

Kenneth Magill '65BS/B '69MS/E 

Prcsidcnl 

Claire Collins '84MPA/H&S 
President-Elect 

James Rothrock '78MS/AH(RC) 

Saretar)' 

Robert Henley '7185/6 

Treasurer 

Peggy Adams '87BGS/NTS 
Past President 

Chairs of School Alumni Boards 

Ian R. Parrish '89MSW/SW 

SchooJ of Social Work 

Faye I. Greene '89M1S/NTS 

Notitraditioml Studies Program 

Thomas L. Mountcastle '75AS 'SIBS/B 
School of Business 

Stephanie Holt '74BS/E 

School of Education 

Board of Directors 

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Term Expiring ^97 

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VOL. 2, NO. 1 
SUMMER 1995 



Staff 

Mary Ellen Mercer 

editor 

Ben Comatzer 

art director 

Linda Mills 

campus currents 

Phaedra Staton 

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Bill lies 

director of alumni activities 



Shafer Court Connections is 
a magazine for alumni and 
friends of the Academic 
Campus of Virginia 
Commonwealth 
University in Richmond. 
VCU is a public, urban 
university with an enroll- 
ment of 2 1 ,000 students 
on the Academic and 
Medical College of 
Virginia Campuses. The 
magazine is published by 
VCV Alumni Activities. 

Copynght© 1995 by 
Virginia Commonwealth 
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Congratulations on a terrific issue 
ofShafer Court Coimectionsl The 
entire magazine — fi'om cover to 
cover — is great. And the "All Our 
Children" article makes all of us 
in the School of the Arts proud. 
I congratulate you and your 
staff and the vvriters, designers, 
photographers, etc. for your 
excellent work! 

John Bryan, Director of 
Sponsored Research and 
Development School of the Arts 

I was reading the latest copy of 
Shafer Court Connections and 
noticed your internet address. 
Would it be feasible to compUe a 
VCU Alumni Internet directory? 

Thom Garrett '86BS/H&S 
tgarrett@dsmet.com 

We are now asking for email 
addresses on alumni updates — and 
Tiwm's friends can contact him at 
the address above. Thank. Good 
idea. 

Each issue gets better and better. 1 
read this last issue from cover to 



Michelle McQueen '83BS/B 

Great magazine, folks! It's so 
much more informative and 
easier to read than the last format 
(which was bizarre!!). 
Keep up the good work. 



We've had some responses and 
further news following our last 
cover story , so it's time for — 




The Sequel 




Jim Grotty '71BS/H&S 



Andrew Hawkes 

I'm sending this information 
about my son Andrew Evan 
Hawkes, who was missed in your 
Fall 1994 issue about successful 
theater alumni. He lives in the Los 
Angeles area now, and is appear- 
ing in Picasso at the Lapin Agile by 
Steve Martin at the Westwood 
Playhouse. 

1 am also sending in an VCU 
Alumni Association membership 
for him. 

Sincerely, 

R.B. Hawkes 



Andrew Hawkes '88BFA/A 

also played a young street tough 
in Never Come Mormng at 
Chicago's Prop Thtr last fall. One 
critic wrote that Hawkes "exhib- 
ited the animal intensity and 
muscularity of the youthftil 
Brando." 

Gary Swink won a technical 
achievement academy award, the 
only one this year for a new 
lighting system. Swink's Kino Flo 
Portable, Flicker Free, High 
Output Fluorescent Lighting 
System eliminated the greenish 
tinge and visible flicker of other 
fluorescent systems. It's particu- 
larly useful for special effects 
process shots and has been used 
in hundreds of movies, including 
Forest Gump, Pulp Fiction and 
Star Trek: Generations. 

Aloma Denise Alber 
'83BS/MC has been producing 
and promoting films, including 
the "Mad Maxish" sci-fi movie 
Twilight of the Dogs by director 
John Ellis. 

D. Shone Kirkpatrick 
'79BA/H&S left for Hollywood in 
1982 to write and direct. 
Independent producers have 
filmed his scripts for Brothers in 
Arms (1989) and Wliite Wolves: 
The Legeiui of the Wild, which was 
released this spring. He is working 
on a CBS Schoolbreak Special on 
the Holocaust from the perspec- 
tive of young people who lived 
and died at that time. Through 
Their Eyes will air in October. He 
has sold scripts to NBC and 
Warner Brothers and has also 
made several small films and doc- 
umentaries and directed local 



theater productions. 

Credits for video animation 
artist Theresa Ellis '83BFA/A 
include the Energizer Bunny and 
Nike's "Hare lordan." 

Chris WatMns '64BFA/A is 
the producer of Unsolved 
Mysteries and America's Most 
Wanted. 

VCU has some screen 
presence itself. For a Federated 
Auto Parts commercial in May, 
VCU alumni made up most of the 
cast and crew. In lune, the bad 
guys go after Charlie Sheen on 
Franklin Street and through the 
MCV tunnel from the parking 
deck to Main Hospital for The 
Shadow Conspiracy. Other films 
are scouting campus locations. 

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Jeremy Conway '78BFA/A, 1994 
Alumni Star for the School of the 
Arts, is an alumnus of the Theatre 
Department, not the Department 
of Communication Arts and 
Design. 

Contrary to our report of his 
death, Walter Raines '69MS/E is 

alive and well in Boonville, NC — 
in fact, mowing his lavra and still 
laughing when we called. He 
retired as vice president of 
Trident Technical College in 
Charleston, SC. His son ]effrey 
and wife Lois run a family food 
service equipment company. 



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Always on top of the news, the 1948-49 Prescript staff — (from 
left) Frances Stringfellow Stebbins '50BS/MC, Charles 
Stebbins '50BS/MC, Cornelia WeUman Friedman '51BS/MC 
and Eugene Wright (standing in back), Professor Richard 
Allen and Nikki Calisch Fairman '49BS/SW (seated in front), 
and Martele Spom Wasserman '51BS/MC (foreground) — 
captured the moment before they met President Harry 
Truman. For a look at the way we are, see pages 16-17. 




SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 




Friendraiser. Ask the people who 
know — and care. At a reception ni 
the Student Commons m May, 
President Trani and Dr. Henry 
McGee, associate provost of engi- 
neering, met with alumni ofVCU's 
Engineering Technology program to 
brief them on the progress of plans 
for the new School of Engineering 
and the impact of the Motorola 
decision. 




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Presidents talk often these days about the importance of higher edu- 
cation to economic development. But it is more than just talk, and the 
decision of Motorola, Inc.'s executives to build an electronics plant in 
Virginia's Goochland County speaks volumes. 

That decision will mean more jobs for Virginians — high-skill, 
high-wage jobs for people with the right training and education. 

To attract one of America's leading makers of semiconductors to 
Virginia, state and local government leaders worked in nonpartisan, 
cooperative fashion to put together an incentive package that includes 
a grant to develop the electronic manufacturing curriculum of 
Virginia Commonwealth University's new School of Engineering, 
which is scheduled to open in fall 1996. 
The Goochland site is expected to employ about 5,000 people when it is fully developed. In the 
distant future, that number could be as many as 10,000. Motorola would like to draw about 80 percent 
of that workforce from a local pool of talent that could earn an annual average salary of $35,000 per 
employee. 

That's where higher education comes in. College-educated employees earn more on average than 
those with only a high school education. But more jobs also require at least some postsecondary edu- 
cation. Nearly every expert today predicts that half the U.S. workforce in the twenty- first century will 
consist ot high-skill jobs, and that is probably being conservative. 

Engineers lead this pack. Last year, 40 percent of the job offers to new graduates went to engineers 
even though they represented only 8 percent of all university graduates. According to the American 
Council on Education, nearly 80 percent of the doctorate-trained scientists and engineers in the work- 
force work in industry. 

Ensuring that people can obtain the technical and general education needed for the future work- 
force is the motive behind VCU's new engineering school. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State 
University has been collaborating with VCU on the project. The State Council of Higher Education, 
the city of Richmond and the surrounding counties, numerous professional and industrial groups, the 
General Assembly, and the Allen administration all have gotten behind VCU's new school. Its sup- 
porters see it as critical to Virginia's economic development plans. Thanks to this community-wide 
support, we have raised nearly $14 million of the $23 million needed to establish the school. 'Without 
one in the region, it is clear that Motorola would have gone elsewhere. 

Virginia's competitors, particularly North Carolina, make a major investment in higher education 
knowing that the gains lie in the future: a stronger industrial base and business community', greater 
technological capacity, and a better-trained workforce. The Motorola decision offers one of the best 
examples of the vitally important relationship between higher education and the quality of life of our 
communities. 



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PROFESSOR WILDER 

Fornier Governor L. Douglas Wilder has joined VCU's faculty as a distinguished professor in the Center for Public 
Policy and begins teaching this fall. His first course, for upper-division undergraduates, focuses on Virginia govern- 
ment and national politics. 

"In many ways, if you look at Douglas Wilder's career, you will see a lot of the values we want the Center for 
Public Policy to emulate," says Dr. Robert Holsworth, center director and chairman of the Department of Political 
Science and Pubhc Admuiistration. "In terms of moving from theory to practice, I don't think there is any other 
political figure in Virginia who has done so well over the years." 

The Center for Public Policy addresses fundamental questions of public poHcy in teaching and research, polls 
citizens' attitudes, and will provide pubhc policy training for state and local officials. Wilder looks forward to his new 
relationship with VCU and hopes that through the center, "we might effect some change" to serve the needs of the 
country and the state. 



GRACE UNDER 
PRESSURE 

VCU President Eugene Trani will 
take a sabbatical this summer to 
finish a book exploring the presi- 
dency of Woodrow Wilson and 
the beginning of the Cold War. 
Dr. Grace Harris '60MSW/SW, 
provost and vice president for 
academic affairs, is acting presi- 
dent from lune 15 to Aug. 31, and 
VCU can expect grace under 
pressure. Harris is looking 
forward to the summer. "The 
fun," she says, "will be putting my 
style and my stamp on the way 
things are done." Harris is the 
first African American president 
of VCU. (See our cover story, 
page 18.) 

VCU SCORES 
WITH CAA 

Look for interstate athletic com- 
petition to heat up with VCU's 
new membership in the Colonial 
Athletic Association. The 
switchover from the Metro 
Conference ensures that the Rams 
will face off at least twice a year 
against the University of 
Richmond, William and Mary, 
George Mason, lames Madison 
and Old Dominion Universities. 

"We are very excited about 
joining the CAA," says President 
Eugene Trani. VCU's athletic 
director, Dick Sander, adds, "The 
CAA is one of the finest confer- 
ences in the country for baseball, 
field hockey and soccer — and 
playing in our own backyard will 
give our fans a great opportunity 
to support our conference play." 
CAA assistant commissioner and 
VCU alumnus Jerry Stone 
'66BS/E expects to see "some 
electricity in the crowds, not only 
for men's and women's basket- 
ball, but in many other sports. 
VCU offers our conference a 



chance to associate with a quality 
institution and fine student 
athletes." 

VCU's move from the Metro 
Conference is the resuh of 
Metro's major realignment, 
admitting five new schools. VCU 
and Virginia Tech were bumped, 
and the Metro agreed to pay the 
two schools a combined $2.7 
million for their equity in the 
conference. 

MASS COMM 
MOVES AHEAD 

After a two-year national search, 
the VCU Board of Visitors 
appointed loyce Wise Dodd as 
director of the School of Mass 
Communications during its 
March meeting. Interim director 
since July 1994, Dodd has already 
put the school on an even track 
and led it to reaccreditation by 
the Accrediting Council on 
Education in Journalism and 
Mass Communications. 

"The school has moved into a 
new era for the next phase of its 
grovrth and development," says 
Dodd. "The next decade will 
bring new enrollments, a curricu- 
lum for the future and new 
faculty members who will rocket 
VCU's mass communications 
program to the center of national 
attention and accomplishment." 

To help accomplish this goal, 
the school's newly-established 
Alumni Council, together with 
the VCU Survey Research Lab, 
polled the school's graduates to 
determine how well the curricu- 
lum served them in getting and 
keeping jobs in the media. They 
will use the poll in planning the 
new curriculum scheduled to be 
approved by December 1995. 
Dodd is also leading a team of 
faculty, alumni, and advisory 
board members who are writing a 



new strategic plan, positioning 
the school for cooperative 
arrangements with the new 
Center for Public Policy and the 
VCU HIV/ AIDS Center. 
In March, faculty also 
approved curriculum for a new 
Ad Center, which is being devel- 
oped from the school's graduate 
program. The school, in coopera- 
tion wnth the university and 
regional and national advertising 
communities, plans to open the 
new Ad Center to students in Fall 
1996. 

MAJOR 
ADVANCES 

VCU's Board of Visitors has 
appointed Ann Creighton-ZoUar, 
associate professor of sociology 
and anthropology and African- 
American Studies, as director of 
the African-American Studies 



program. As interim director for 
more than a year, she led a task 
force on the feasibility of a major 
in African American studies. 
Creighton-ZoUar is now 
developing core courses, includ- 
ing African-American Social 
Thought and Modes of Inquiry in 
African-American Studies, and 
beginning to recruit faculty. 
Within five years, she says, "I 
think we wiU have created a 
bachelor's degree in African- 
American studies that is central to 
the mission of VCU as it enters 
the 21st century." 

TAKING THE 
FAST TRACK 

"We believe a modern business 
school should put the principles 
of strategic management into 
practice," says Dr. Howard 
Tuckman, dean of VCU's School 



ONE OF THE BEST 

VCU's Medical College of Virginia Hospitals (MCVH) has been named as 
one of the best medical care facilities in the United States and Canada by 
Gale Research. In the 1995 edition of The Best Hospitals in America, 
MCVH ranks in the top one percent of hospitals, one of 87 listed from a 
pool of more than 6000. Executive Director 
Carl Fischer says, "We are gratified and 
proud to have our physicians, nurses and 
staff recognized as exceUent in the health 
care field." 

The editors drew special attention to the 
level of patient satisfaction — 90 percent were 
"very satisfied" with their treatment — and 
singled out several programs and facilities for 
recognition including the Massey Cancer 
Center, the MCV Heart Center, the Neurosciences Center, the organ 
transplant program, the Children's Medical Center, the Departments of 
Radiology and Radiation Oncology, the Temporomandibular Joint and 
Facial Pain Clinic, and the Dementia Clinic. 

MCV Hospitals was also recognized in the February 20 issue of 
Fortune magazine as one of eight "great places for heart attacks." The 
article highlighted the Hospitals' comprehensive chest pain triage system, 
which has attracted attention from around the nation. The triage system 
is a multi-disciplinary collaboration among the emergency, cardiac, 
nursing and nuclear medicine sections at MCVH. 




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of Business. The school is already 
moving forward with its strategic 
plan to take a place in the com- 
petitive global economy . 

Student access to the latest 
technology is a key element, and 
the Covington Organizational 
Communication Laboratory is 
already open tor business. This 
facility, funded by local business 
woman Josee Covington, provides 
a muhimedia classroom for 
instruction and learning in all 
undergraduate and graduate 
organizational communication 
classes. Faculty and students can 
use state-of-the- 
art presentation 
techniques for 
individual or 
group settings. 

Another 
aspect of the plan 
involves faculty 
development — 
essential to 
attract and retain 
the best educa- 
tors and 

■ researchers — like Dr. Van Wood, 
] Philip Morris Chair of Interna- 
; tional Business (page 15). Three 
[ faculty have been honored by 
I their national professional as.soci- 
', ations with awards for outstand- 
; ing teaching in their fields. They 
; are Dr. Randolf Barker (photo) in 
! business communication, Dr. Ed 
; Koffman in accounting and Dr. 
; David Urban in marketing. The 
' strategic plan also includes 
: ongoing review of every course in 
the curriculum to make certain it 
is responsive to the needs of 
today's business environment. To 
ensure that VCU ranks high 
among other business schools, 
faculty are developing bench- 
marks like the Fast Track MBA 
program. 

The Fast Track MBA puts a 
new twist on executive MBA 
programs. Rather than offering 
traditional business courses in 
fields like accounting and finance, 
VCU's new program offers its 
executive students six team- 
taught modules that integrate 
business theory and practice. A 
module on Organizational 
Culture, for example, draws 
faculty from information systems, 
management, marketing and 
decision science. "The business 
world is team-oriented," savs Bill 



Miller, director of the Fast Track 
MBA program. "Our students 
work in teams and bring different 
expertise and skills to their 
studies." 

SWISH, SWISH 

This spring tor the first time. 
Women's Basketball at VCU 
played in the post-season 
National Women's Invitational 
Tournament (WNIT) in March. 
(They lost their first two games 
and won the third.) In November 
the team gets a second first, 
playing in the pre-season WNIT, 
which will showcase 16 top 
women's basketball programs. 
"For us this is a very big deal," 
says Rams coach Susan Walvius, 
whose club iumped to a 19-8 
record for 1995, following a 3-24 
season in 1994. 

BACK IN THE DAY 

VCU Libraries' Black History 
Archives Project is a cooperative 
effort by VCU, Virginia Union 
University, and the Black History 
Museum and Cultural Center of 
Virginia. The project's main 
purpose is to find and preserve 
the historical records of African 
Americans in Virginia so that 
those records will be available for 
the public to use and enjoy. The 
project hopes to advance commu- 
nity cooperation through a better 
understanding of regional history. 
It is the largest piece of the 
library's Multicultural Archives, 
which also includes information 
on Native American and Latino 
history and Asian and Muslim 
culture in Virginia. The archives 
are a key component of "Illusion 
vs. Reahty," a joint library and 
teaching project in oral history 
and archival research, funded by a 
$100,000 Ford Foundation grant. 

The archives digitize and store 
information in a database that 
now includes records of the 
Southern Christian Leadership 
Conference, the Richmond 
Crusade for Voters, Fourth 
Baptist Church, Gillfield Baptist 
Church and Astoria Beneficial 
Club. And that information is 
becoming more and more 
accessible. 

"We are moving selected 
portions of the database to be 
retrievable through Open Text, a 
widely available software package 



HONORING OUR 
OWN 

The university tipped its mortar- 
board to four of its own during 
February's annual Convocation 
ceremony. 

Dr. Clifford Edwards, profes- 
sor of religious studies, received 
the Distinguished Teaching 
Award; Dr. William Frable, pro- 
fessor of pathology, received the 
Distinguished Service Award; Dr. 
Kenneth Kendler, professor of 
psychiatry, received the Distin- 
guished Scholar Award; and Dr. 
Melvin Urofsky, professor of 
history, received the University 
Award of Excellence. 

Edwards specializes in non- 
Western religions and has been 
called "the best teacher I have 
ever had" by many of the students 
who have taken his courses on 
Zen Buddhism, The Bible as 
Literature and Psychology of 
Religion. Edwards gives about 30 
lectures a year at schools, 
churches and other community 
organizations. 

Frable is an internationally- 
known cytopathologist, who 
made Fine Needle Aspiration 
biops>' — a quick, accurate and 
cost-effective method — routine in 
diagnosing cancer. He continues 
an extensive 30-year teaching 
career, lecturing from Harvard 
University to Buenos Aires. 
Colleagues call his textbook in the 
field the standard and "one of the 
most lucid accounts." 

Kendler's work on the 
genetics of schizophrenia has 
resulted in the publication of 
more than 100 papers, ongoing 
funding from the National 
Institutes of Health and coverage 
in papers such as the Chicago 
Tribune and the New York Times. 

Urofsky is a specialist in 
American political and constitu- 
tional history and Jewish- 
American and Zionist history. He 
has written 30 books, including 
LeMing Go: Death, Dying cmd the 
Law, published in 1993. Urofsky 
recently presented the lead lecture 
in a series on the U.S. Supreme 
Court during VWII, introduced 
by Chief Justice William 
Rehnquist. The series was spon- 
sored by the Supreme Court 
Historical Society and the Library 
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DIVERSE IMAGES 

Two VCU graduates introduced 
the work of facult)' and alumni 
from the Department of 
Painting and Printmaking to a 
European art audience this 
spring at the Galerie Corti in 
Brussels. Susan Bergamo Corti 
'92BFA/A, the gallery's director, 
and her husband Stephan Corti 
'90MBA/B collaborated with 
chairman Michael Drought to 
bring "Diverse Images 1," 
faculty painting, drawing and 
prints, and "Diverse Images 2," 
works by recent alumni. 

Susan says she and her 
husband felt that encouraging further ties with VCU was only natural 
considering the quality of work faculty and students produce. "There was 
also a very strong personal attachment to VCU that was important to 
both of us," she adds. In the European market, the Cortis find "a very 
real, strong demand for affordable art and a real desire to support young, 
emerging artists." 

Corti also set up meetings with European art schools for Drought and 
Jim Bumgardner, professor of painting. They discussed faculty, student 
and exhibition exchanges with European colleagues in Brussels and Paris, 
as well as student recruitment. "The Europeans asked a lot of questions 
about our use of computer technology," Drought says. "They haven't 
done much of that. We are fortunate that the international reputation of 
the School of the Arts continues to generate new opportunities." 

VCU ENTERS AFRICAN TRADE 

VCU has received a U.S. Information Agency grant for $102,361 to 
help two African schools improve their abihty to teach art. The program 
will establish mentorships between professors in VCU's School of the Arts 

and faculty members at two schools 
in Zimbabwe. Student Maggie 
Clayton demonstrated a loom for 
Arthur Mandimika (left) and Aaron 
Myobi-Ncube (right) who visited the 
Crafts Department in March to 
discuss the exchange. (Daniel Reeves, 
director of graduate studies in arts, is 
at far right). VCU faculty can intro- 
duce techniques like using computers 
in textile classes and emerging prac- 
tices in fashion design. Zimbabwe 

g faculty wall share their unique crafts, like stone carving, with VCU. 

J Because Zimbabwe's textile industry needs trained visual artists and art 

" teachers, this program will have a significant impact on people's lives. 

> 

IaRT dazzle, cool NOTES 

' VCU's Anderson Gallery welcomes Virginia artists for an installation 
exhibit, "Projects." The artists are Federico Correa, Ralph Fleming, Susan 
Hankla, Laurel Quarberg and Ed Steinberg — showing June 2-Aug. 16. Fall 
begins with the Arts Faculty Show Aug. 31-Sept.22 and Faculty Focus 
Sept. 29-Oct. 20. A dazzler is "Brilliant Stories," contemporary jewelry 
from 25 artists — four of them alumni — running Oct.27-Dec.23. The 
gallery is at 907 1/2 West Franklin Street, (804) 828-1522. 

There's "Music, music, music!" at the VCU Performing Arts Center 
this summer and fall. The Guitar and Other Strings Festival runs through 
July, with five concerts luly 7, 8, 14, 22, 23. The VCU Sunday series begins 
in September with six faculty concerts through the year. The luUiard 
String Quartet begins the year's Mary Anne Rennolds Chamber series on 
September 23. For tickets and schedules, call (804) 828-6776. 




that will allow more users access," 
says Dr. John Whaley, coordina- 
tor of electronic archives at the 
VCU Libraries. "We expect to 
make excerpts from the database 
a VCU contribution to the Virtual 
Library of Virginia." 

In January, the VCU athletic 
department donated part of the 
proceeds from its basketball game 
with Virginia Union to the Black 
History Archives Project. That 
contribution is funding electronic 
and personnel resources. 
Membership in VCU Friends of 
the Library is $25. For informa- 
tion, write Laura Mauer, P.O. Box 
842033, Richmond, VA 23284- 
2033 orcall (804) 828-1116. 

BONE PASTE 

Cast oft those casts and itch no 
more. Clinical trials are in 
progress at MCV Hospitals to test 
a new "paste" that is injectable 
and hardens vnthin ten minutes 
into a bone-like substance. 
According to The Washington 
Post, the material is a mineral 
blend similar to that found in real 
bone: carbonated hydroxyapatite. 
The compound is so close to 
natural bone that the body's 
bone-sculpting cells work upon it 
in the same way that the cells tear 
down and rebuild living bone. In 
time, these cells dissolve the syn- 
thetic bone and replace it with 
natural bone. 

The MCVH trial will be 
limited to wrist fractures, but the 
creators of the substance, Norian 
Corp., hope to test it soon in hip 
fractures. Doctors in Europe are 
already using it for a variety of 
fractures. 

MYTH AND 
LEGEND 

Any of his advertising students 
would tell you Dr. Jack 
Haberstroh is not a retiring type. 
True, after 25 years of getting the 
message across, he has left the 
School of Mass Communications 
for San Diego, planning "to be a 
beach bum, to surf and write." 

Buyt now one calls him 
"retiring." He's busy promoting 
his new book. Ice Cube Sex, about 
sexseiisubliminal advertising."! 
wrote it to debunk the notion that 
advertising is full of hidden 
messages," he says. "It doesn't 
sexist. It doesn't work. 



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Professionals don't do it." 
Haberstroh doesn't need it. His 
energy and off-beat humor go 
over as wsell on 
radio talk shows as 
they did in the class- 
room. This book and 
another. The Pro 
Challenge, 170 PR 
writing assignments, 
are selling well. The 
irrepressible 
Haberstroh has 
another book in the works 
already. Anybody Can is a book 
for Paul R professisonals who want 
to tdeadch. 

Best memories of VCU? "My 
students who won 22 regional 
and 2 national professional 
awards," he smiles. 

NEW RECTOR 

In May the Board of Visitors 
elected Stuart C. Siegel, CEO of 
S8{K Famous Brands, the new 
rector of VCU. Siegel is the major 
donor and co-chairman of 
fundraising for the Stuart C. 
Siegel Convocation and 
Recreation Center planned for the 
Academic Campus 

BY THE NUMBERS 

Like other universities in the 
United States and especially in 
Virginia, VCU is facing the 
related challenges of leaner 
budgets and increased competi- 
tion for a fixed pool of students. 

Virginia's support for higher 
education as a percentage of the 
total state budget has declined 
steadily in the past five years. The 
answer has been to ask students to 
pay a higher portion of the cost of 
their education while encouraging 
universities to review their cur- 
riculum, organization and 
business methods. VCU attacked 
the problem early and head-on 
with a strategic planning process 
that engaged the entire university, 
resulted in the dissolution of two 
schools and the creation of a new 
School of Engineering and an 
ongoing process of review and 
change. The university also hired 
KPMG Peat Marwick to evaluate 
its operating methods with the 
goal of reducing administrative 
costs by 15 percent. 

During the past year, enroll- 
ment trends and state-mandated 
staff reductions have complicated 



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the process but not deterred VCU 
from its mission. The prospective 
student pool from high schools 
has been level for several years; 
many of our students are working 
their way through school; and 
costs have steadily increased. All 
this has affected our enrollment. 
Total student numbers dropped 
from 21,854 in 1993 to 21,523 in 
1994; the loss of 150 full-time 
undergraduates had the most 
impact. Admissions for Fall 1995 
show an expected enrollment of 
21,585. 

Despite declining numbers, 
VCU is still attracting quality 
students and providing wide 
access for aspiring students 
willing to work hard for a chance 
to excel In 1994-95, half of all 
VCU entering freshmen graduat- 
ed in the top third of their class, 
their grades averaged at a B level, 
and their average SAT score 
matched the national average and 
exceeded the Virginia average. 
The drop in the number of 
students has meant a $3.7 million 
shortfall for the coming year, 
necessitating some immediate 
cuts and changes. In addition, 
more than 400 staff took advan- 
tage of the state's employee buy- 
out plan. Such rapid and unex- 
pected fiscal and staff cuts are a 
challenge to faculty and staff 
holding the strategic plan on 
course. At the same time, it is 
even more crucial to review and 
tighten administration efficiency. 
Peat Marwick's recommendations 
suggesting a 25 percent reduction 
in staff through extensive reorga- 
nization and heavy investment in 
new technology and retraining are 
now under university-wide 
review. 

It's going to be a busy 
summer. 



"We are more alike, my friends, 
than we are unalike." 




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"I never wanted this weight; 
this mercy inside." 

From "Isaac Blessing" in 
Strange Courage. Professor 
Richard Sherwin, Israeli 
poet and educator, lectured 
on "Poetry, Politics and 
Tradition" as 1995 Harry 
Lyons Visiting Professor of 
Judaic Studies. 



"Free speech and equal rights for 
women are absolutely indivisible." 

Nadine Strossen, president of the 
American Civil Liberties Union, dis- 
cussed feminism, censorship and 
pomography on February 21, spon- 
sored by the VCU Honors Program. 



"When you remove the hierarchy, you 

are running .separate businesses within the 

corporation. The CEO should coordinate 

the parts, not exert budgetary control 

that will destroy the unit." 

Dr. James Emshoff, author of The New Rules of 

the Game and restructuring expert. Thalhimer 

Business Scholar-in-Residence April 6-7. 



Dr. Martin Rodbell, 1994 Co-winner of 
Nobel Prize in Medicine, compared 
Michelangelo's image of God reaching 
to Adam with his own co-discovery of 
G-proteins that carry messages from 
hormones on the outside of the cell to 
the inside of the cell. Innovators in 
Biochemistry Lecture April 10. 




SUMMER 1995 



HONORS 




PROGRAM 



ELECTRICITY 



CRACKLES 




THROUGH 




THE 





UNIVERSITY. 




BY DOUG CHILDERS SgBA/H&S 



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think the Honors Program encourages intellec- 
tual exploring in ways that other classes don't," 
says Terry Harpold '92BA/H&S, now a third- 
year student in the School ot Medicine. Faculty 
member Dr. Ed Peeples '57BS/E finds teaching 
in the program "a lively experience in which the 
students get hooked." This kind of mutual 
addiction to learning is what Dr. Thomas HaU, 
the program's first coordinator, had in mind 
when it began in 1983. 

There were 63 students that first year, fi-om 
the College of Humanities and Sciences. And 
now, 843 students make up their own small college 
within the big university, under the direction of Dr. 
John Berglund. The program draws students in 
majors from business to biology to painting. The 
interdisciplinary hub for students and faculty from 
both campuses is MiUhiser House on Franklin 
Street. Students can study, hang out and dip into 
the ongoing conversation at the Honors Lounge — 
stimulated by informal talks and lectures at weekly 
brown bag lunches and dessert and tea seminars sponsored by the program. The 
Outstanding Scholars series brings in people like University of Georgia historian 
Robert Pratt '80BA/H&S, who has written two books on race and education in 
Richmond fi-om 1954 to 1989. 

All of the informal activities are open to the university. The Honors Lounge is 
meant to be an intellectual magnet for all VCU students. Peeples sees it as "this special 
shining jewel that casts its light on the academic community and says, 'You know, 
there's a special place you could be, if you want to work for it.' A student looks at it 
and says, 'I'd like to do that.' And some wiU stretch." 

Honors courses and students crackle through the rest of the university. Students 
carry the spirit of inquiry into their other classes. Often, Berglund says, professors will 
develop a new course by teaching part of it as an honors module "a pilot, if you like — 
before they develop it into a fuU-tledged course for the university at large." 

The program itself is the pilot for a new emphasis throughout VCU education, 
developed by a strategic planning task force that Berglund led. "As the curricular 
changes from the strategic plan take effect," he says, "all students will begin to 
experience some of the things that have been going on in the Honors Program." 
(See sidebar.) 



Satisfied. English BA Terry Harpok 
folloH'cet her craving for science to the 
School of Medicine through giiaran- 
teed admission. 




u 

Undergraduates throughout VCU will soon 
find their academic life more exacting, more 
exhilarating and more integrated with all the 
other things they do — simply, more alive. 
Honors Program director Dr, John Berglund 
led the strategic planning task force on 
General Education. "Courses will evolve 
around issues or themes." he explains, "We 
want to break down the barriers to interdisci- 
plinan/ cooperation " Seven areas of learning 
will be integrated into the undergraduate cur- 
riculum; 

Strong written and oral communication 
skills, including communication standards for 
their disciplines Applying ethics in personal 
and professional decisions. Ability to quantify 
and represent information symbolically, and 
to analyze and manipulate it according to the 
standards in their disciplines. A grasp of sci- 
entific method and the impact of science and 
technology on society. Awareness of social, 
economic and cultural interdependence, 
globally and locally. Experience of the arts, 
which enriches their lives, their understand- 
ing and valuing of the human experience 
across cultures — and generates creative 
thinking and alternative modes of problem- 
solving. In humanities and social sciences, 
learning to analyze and reflect critically upon 
cultural and social contexts of human 
behavior, and learning modes of study in 
these disciplines. 



LIGHTNING COURTESY OF DEAN HOFFMEYEH, HEAD SILHOUETTE BY DANA SABISTON 93 



SUMMER 



Although full-semester honors classes offer accelerated versions of standard 
courses as well as original topics, the five- week honors modules are the heart of the 
program. A teacher and a small group of students take a brief but intense look at a 
topic. This year, students chose from courses like Legal Aspects of the Virtual 
Community, Women of Vision: Lillian Wald and the Public Health Movement and 
The Automobile in American Society. In the honors catalog description of his course, 
Innovative Ideas in Medicine, Dr. WUliam Relgelson promised to examine "the 
ecology of ideas," the relationship of power and profit to funding and creativity, citing 
as one example "the unholy alliance between the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers 
Association and the FDA." 

And there's more. Perhaps the neatest wrinkle is that a qualifying student who 
graduates with honors and meets requirements for a specific program on the MCV 
Campus is guaranteed admission — a feature that has attracted more than a tew pre- 
med students to the Honors Program. Berglund points out that the guaranteed 
admission extends not only to the School of Medicine but to all health science 
programs, some of them with even tighter admissions than medicine. "The physical 
therapy program in the School of Allied Health Professions gets an average of 1,200 
applications for 42 slots." 

The program has also attracted students to health sciences who, in their freshman 
year, had no intention of studying medicine. Terry Harpold entered VCU as an 
English major and graduated with an English degree. Happy enough with her major, 
still Harpold felt the lack of hard science. So she signed up for Dr. Anne Woodlief s 
English course in "Nature Writing." "I knew at that point," she says, "that I wanted to 
read science and that I believed there could be literary scientific writing. I hadn't really 
decided to be a physician, but I knew that I had to become some kind of scientist." 

This is the point where Honors Program faculty may have their biggest impact. On 
average, studies suggest, a college student changes majors four times before gradua- 
tion. Often, those changes are made because a professor has made a particular subject 
more appealing than others. Perhaps the professor is particularly charismatic; perhaps 
the subject resonates for the student. In either case, the Honors Program is designed 
to pique a student's interest and influence career choices. 

Because of their small size — twenty students at most — and advanced students, 
teaching in honors modules can be more like graduate seminars than undergraduate 
lecture courses. Dr. Joe Chinnici routinely teaches introductory biology classes of 
three hundred students. He appreciates the modules' more intimate settings. "The 
small classes help a lot in discussions," he says, "because students feel less inhibited 
about speaking up. " 

Harpold adds that in all her honors courses, "assignments would be given in a way 
that allowed students to tailor the course for their particular interests." It's an 
approach that encourages personal intellectual passion. 

As a junior, Harpold took Chinnici's "Genetic Engineering" honors module, a 
hefty dose of the hard science she'd been missing. "It was great," she says. "I really 
enjoyed it." Now finishing her third year in the School of Medicine, Harpold says, "I 
don't think I would have gone to medical school if it hadn't been for the Honors 



Plilf, 





Talking smart. Kristie Robertson, Philip Sheridan and Link Du hang out at Millhiser House, 
open to all VCU students. 



It IS undoubtedly a 
rare happening, 
when a person can 
honestly write that 
their life-goals took 
a sharp, unexpect- 
ed turn at that 
moment right 
there. It seems too 
easy; big decisions 
come from accu- 
mulated medita- 
tions, some of 
which are con- 
scious and some 
not. But it must happen: you linger at the 
edge, fretting, and then suddenly some- 
thing — or someone — gives you a final, 
decisive push. 

I got such a push in my first Honors 
course 

I wasn't in the crew of bright teenagers 
who entered the Honors Program as 
freshmen. I was a twenty-five-year-old 
student in my junior year(s). I got into the 
Program by convincing Dr. Tom Hail, the 
Honors Program Coordinator, that I was 
worth a risk. As a trial, he asked me to take 
Dr, Hornbuckle's Honors course, "Intro to 
Psychology." 

At the time, I was a philosophy major, 
and Dr. Hall was my departmental advisor. 
But I was at a crucial moment in my educa- 
tion My instincts led me to study literature, 
but I was feeling an increasing need for a 
discipline that gave me cold, hard facts. I had 
even begun to consider studying physics, 
although I've never shown a lick of talent 
for It. 

Midway through the semester, I men- 
tioned my dilemma to Dr. Hornbuckle. At the 
time, she said little in response. But at the 
next class meeting, she delivered a lecture 
on educational development. She mentioned 
a study by a Harvard professor named 
William Perry and walked us through Perry's 
four stages of development. The typical 
student, she said, first passes from accepting 
a professor's words as if they were engraved 
on stone to doubting everything she says. 
Then the student decides to believe only cold 
facts. At this point. Dr. Hornbuckle said, the 
student will often change their major to one 
of the "hard" sciences. (At this, my skin 
tingled slightly, as if I'd just read an eerily 
accurate horoscope.) With the fourth and 
final stage. Dr. Hornbuckle said, the student 
begins to believe (and study) the discipline 
that brings happiness and feels as comfort- 
able as an old hat. 

Then, as if she'd been reading my mind, 
she uttered words that seemed as powerful 
to me as if she were All Babba cn/ing "Open 
sesame." What she said, was this: "Tolstoy 
probably understood as much about human 



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10 




Firing minds. Dr. Ed Peeples watches tdens catch fire m students hke Gloria 
Thomas — who still lights up around her mentor. 



Program." 

The modules are 
a jolt of the univer- 
sity's strongest 
thought, and 
students feel that 
power surge. "What 
I try to do in my 
'Genetic 
Engineering' 
module," Chinnici 
says, "is bring in 
experts who have 
done or are doing 
research in the area 
we're talking about. 
It gives us fresh 

approaches. This is the real advantage of the modules: they expose the students to the 
cutting edge of current research." For Chinnici's students, this means exposure to 
topics hke eugenics, recombinant DNA technology and pre-natal diagnosis. 

For professors, teaching a module offers synergy. Students' exploratory drive turns 
up the intellectual current. "The faculty," Berglund observes, "get the opportunity to 
teach students who in almost all cases are volunteers in their course — that is, the 
course is purely elective. Which means that they can spend less time on motivation 
and more time directly on the content they're interested in. 

"Of course, another major point," he continues, "is that all of our modules are 
designed by the faculty member who is actually teaching them. Therefore they have a 
personal stake in it and tend to be very enthusiastic." 

Chinnici adds that he would encourage other faculty to consider teaching modules 
"because it's a way of being exposed to the brightest and best students the university 
has — and we all benefit from that." 

Gloria Thomas '92 BA/H&S credits several honors professors with influencing 
her career choices as well as her ideas. But she refers to Dr. Ed Peeples, of the preven- 
tive medicine faculty, in tones of awe. "I just can't say enough for htm, especially in his 
role as a mentor. He is absolutely brilliant and totally committed." 

When Thomas first met Peeples, he was the program's scholar-in-residence and 
she took his "A Critical Look at Contemporary Medicine." Her senior independent 
study project with him was "Violence Prevention Through Public Policy," which grew 
into her first published paper. "He gave me a lot of time," Thomas says, "and a lot of 
guidance." 

They appeared together on Richmond's WRVA radio discussing violence preven- 
tion. Now, she teaches her own course on the subject, "Empowerment for Women: 
Tactics and Tools for Preventing Violence," at J. Sargent Reynolds Community 
College. 

Peeples himself dodges the notion of being a mentor, though he is touched by 
Thomas's praise. "It's not anything I do that makes a student excel," he says. "I just 
generate a fire." When pressed, Peeples concedes that students seem to Like his 
courses because he shows them how addictive and compelling learning can be. "I ask 
for a lot of interaction," he says, "and I ask them to do things for themselves. I hate 
grades, I hate tests, I hate evaluating students." 

What he's after is that strong exchange that engages students and puUs them into 
the subject. "Then they can't stay away from the Library, and they can't stay away from 
the computer databases. It's just irresistible." 

ALL VCU STUDENTS ARE FREE TO DROP INTO THE HONORS LOUNGE AT 
MILLHISER HOUSE, TO SAMPLE INFORMAL LECTURES AND JUST TO STUDY OR 
HANG OUT. 

VERSIONS OF THIS STORY ALSO APPEAR IN S P R I N G - S U M M E R ISSUES OF VCU 
TEACHING AND SCARAB 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY MEDIA PRODUCTION SERVICES, VCU 



nature as any scientist ever will, " 

Big words like "epiphany" can incur skep- 
ticism when they're applied to the "real" 
world. But it's probably an accurate descrip- 
tion of what I felt that day, listening to Dr, 
Hornbuckle, That night, I thought over what 
she'd said. And I thought about it some more 
the next day. Then, later that afternoon, I 
declared English as a second major. Three 
years later, I would graduate from the 
University of Virginia with a master's degree 
in English and embark on the lonely, self- 
doubting task of becoming a novelist, 

I wish I could say I'd just won a well- 
known prize for my newest novel. But I can't. 
Life — and perhaps a writer's life, especially — 
isn't that easy. But I'm happier as a writer 
than I would have been trying to contort 
myself into a scientist, and if Dr Hornbuckle 
isn't solely responsible for helping me find 
that happiness, she certainly deserves credit 
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High school graduates with combined SAT 
scores of at least 1200 and rank in the upper 
1 5% of their graduating class, and VCU 
Presidential Scholars are eligible for admis- 
sion to the Honors Program automatically 
upon application Any continuing VCU 
student or transfer student who has achieved 
a 3-5 GPA in 30 college semester hours is 
also automatically eligible for admission. 
Students are also admitted to the Honors 
Program on an individual basis by a subcom- 
mittee of the Honors Council- The pnmary 
condition for acceptance is evidence of the 
personal commitment and academic ability to 
do honors-level work- 
To graduate with University Honors, a 
student must take at least six modules and 
three full-semester honors courses and have 
a 3-50 cumulative GPA with a 3,20 GPA in 
honors courses. 

Write, call or drop in at The Honors 
Program, 916 West Franklin Street; 
Richmond, VA 23284-3010; (804) 828-1803 
fax (804)828-1355 

Health Sciences Guaranteed Admission. 

Students admitted to these programs must 
meet admission requirements and be 
accepted by that program's admissions com- 
mittee. For information, call Dr, Arthur 
Seidenberg at (804) 828-1673 



11 



SUMMER 19' 







P A R T N E R S 

Social Work faculty, alumni ana students reach out to the community. 



If one of the roles of an urban university 
is to offer its programs and expertise to 
its surrounding community, the School 
of Social Work has cast its net wide. 

How wide? Into the neighborhoods 
of Oregon Hill and Carver. Throughout 
the City of Richmond and into Henrico, 
Chesterfield, Goochland and Charles 
City counties. Into Northern and South- 
west Virginia. The school's contributions 
even reach the people of Brazil. 

For the oldest school of social work in 
the South — founded in 1917 — partner- 
ships with community and state agencies 
are second nature. "We are truly a collec- 
tion of colleagues concerned about the 
condition of people in the urban envi- 
ronment," says Dean Frank Baskind. 



BY JOHN SARVAY ■94BGS/NTS 

This principle drives teaching and 
research. 

"Three years ago," Baskind says, "our 
faculty made a courageous decision to 
step back from a master's curriculum 
that had been in place for 10 years." To 
prepare students better to work for a 
society that uses them in a myriad of 
ways, the new curriculum is less 
narrowly specialized and more integrat- 
ed. Students gain a deeper understanding 
in several areas through their field 
internships. 

"It is very important to expand their 
experience by placing them in several dif- 
ferent agencies," says Jaclyn MUler, direc- 
tor of field instruction. "Our students are 
doing social work for two years," she says. 
"They don't just observe." 



Students tell Miller that the two years 
they spend shuttling between classroom 
and agency placement is at once the most 
valuable and the most anxious time of 
their academic careers. "That's why they 
are here, because the program is hands- 
on right away," she says. "Of course, it 
does raise some anxiety for them, but we 
train our field instructors to supervise 
and work closely with the students." 

One field work instructor — and 
alumna — sees that anxiety first-hand. 
Mattie S. Jones supervises five VCU 
students who counsel students in the 
rural Charles City County School 
System. What the field interns find are 
problems that mirror — and sometimes 
e.xceed — those facing inner-city chOdren. 



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Touched. Student Denise Clark sluircs some haiuh 
Community Center in Oregon Hill. 

"They get to know a rural poverty 
community where children do not have 
a wide range of sophisticated services," 
Jones says. Jones recendy won a national 
award for her outstanding field work 
supervision from the Council on Social 
Work Education. (See sidebar.) 

Field instructors like Jones are agency 
employees assigned to work closely with 
VCU students. Agencies get the double 
benefit of the student's work and extra 
training for the supervisor. VCU's 450 
undergraduates and graduate students 
contribute 7,350 field hours a week to 
their communities. And the university 
gains a valuable link to its social work 
alumni — about two-thirds of the 350 
field instructors are graduates of the 
School of Social Work. 

"The benefit to our agency is that the 
students augment our staff and offer us a 
fi'esh perspective on what we are doing," 
says Michael Evans '77BSW 
'81MSW/SW, director of the Richmond 
Department of Social Services. Evans' 
department, which serves 38,000 
Richmonders (almost 20 percent of the 
city's population), works with at least 10 
field workers a semester. 

"They work in foster care, with the 
elderly, in our employment services 
office," Evans says. "But for the most 



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part, they are working v«th families in 
crisis — families who need housing, 
families who are dealing with substance 
abuse problems and problems with 
children. It really runs the gamut." 

And like the students working in rural 
areas, field workers in urban centers are 
often shaken at what is sometimes their 
first view of fi'ont-Iine social work. "It 
can be very overwhelming to some 



students," Evans agrees. "Many of them 
just are not accustomed to working inde- 
pendendy under veiy tough circum- 
stances." But, he adds, "they adapt very 
quickly. They recognize that this is the 
starting point for people in these 
careers." 

Field work was certainly a starting 
point for Evans. He did his graduate 
placement with the United Way in 
Richmond. "It led to an excellent oppor- 
tunity with the United Way in Louisville. 
These placements not only give students 
a point of reference for what they are 
learning in the classroom, but they 
provide valuable contacts in the profes- 
sion." 

A second aspect of strategic restruc- 
turing for the school is expanding its 
Northern Virginia (NOVA) program to 
four full-time faculty. NOVA's 200 
graduate students, Baskind says, "can 
now take all their course work without 
having to come to Richmond." In refo- 
cusing, the VCU phased out its social 
work program in Bristol as Radford 
University came online with its own 
program for students in Southwestern 
Virginia. 

And Brazil? Faculty member Dr. 
Mary K. Rodwell's 28 years of work in 
Brazil began in the Peace Corps and has 
continued through a series of faculty and 




Good Neighbors. VCU's 450 undergraduates and graduate students contribute 7.350 field hours a week 
to communities from Richmond to Rio. Stacie Vecchietti joins seniors at William Byrd. 



13 



SUMMER 1995 



student exchanges for research and 
teaching with a focus on children at risk 
and poor communities. Through an 
exchange agreement between the Federal 
University of Santa Catarina, 
Florianopolis, Brazil and VCU, many 
Brazilian and American faculty and 
students have worked together recently 
in projerts related to street children, 
AIDS, and alcohol and drug abuse pre- 
vention. In 1991, this work was recog- 
nized by the American Express and 
Partners of the Americas Award for 
International Youth Development. In 
1993 Rodwell had a Fulbright senior 
lecture/research award to teach and to 
work with street children through the 
School of Education of the Federal 
University in Salvador, Bahia. The 
Fulbright allowed her to continue her 
work with child welfare service delivery 
systems, not just m Salvador and 
Florianopolis but also in Rio de Janeiro 
and Fortaleza. 

Constructivist research is Rodwell's 
tool for anyalysis and change. It's an 
alternative research method using inten- 
sive interviews which recognizes cultural 
relativity and "explores irregularities in 
the world instead of going after a univer- 
sal 'Truth,'" she says. The interviewer 



must listen very carefully and respect the 
individual and the culture. "You assume 
that people know what they are talking 
about; it's not the expert researcher 
coming in with the answers." Rodwell 
adds that "getting into the community is 
much easier with this method. It's also a 
research geared toward action so that 
people can change things. I think this 
methodology is more congruent with the 
philosophy of social work." Two of 
Rodwell's students, Barbara Conklin and 
James Christmas, are currendy applying 
constructivism in a neighborhood assess- 
ment project in Richmond's East End on 
mental health services for children 
at risk. 

"Our roots as a school are about 
helping serve those communities that 
aren't being served," says Ann Nichols- 
Casebolt, associate dean for research 
development. "You cannot teach just 
within the classroom. It is essential for 
our students to understand the reality of 
their clients' lives." 

JOHN SARVAY IS A RICHMOND FREE- 
LANCE WRITER AND EDITOR OF 
PLANET. A MONTHLY TRAVEL 
MAGAZINE 

PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOSEPH A. 
MAHONEY 





You gotta be tough. Students learn "to work independently under very tough circumstances, " says 
alumnus Michael Evans, director of Social Services for 38,000 Richmonders. 



The Heart of Social Work 

When Mattie S. Jones '59MSW/SW gradu- 
ated from Richmond Professional Institute in 
1959, she had no intention of devoting her 
life to people as fully as she has. "When I 
went to RPI 1 just wanted a job from nine to 
five," she says. "I didn't know what social 
work was all about. What I learned, though, 
was how to understand people" 

That's the lesson she tries to teach the 
up-and-coming social work professionals 
from VCU who do field work through her 
program in Charles City Public Schools. "I tell 
them that ever/ person in an organization is a 
human being. You have to work with an orga- 
nization, but you have to get to know the 
human being as well as the professional." 

That lesson, combined with her outstand- 
ing supervision of five School of Social Work 
students who spend two days a week 
working in the rural school system, is why 
she was recently recognized by the Northern 
American Task Force on Field Education of 
the Council on Social Work Education. Six 
field professionals around the country 
received the "Heart of Social Work Award" 
for "outstanding performance in leading 
social work students in field instruction." 
Mattie Jones was one of them. 

Jones created the in-school social work 
program in 1 988. It originally worked out of 
the county's Department of Social Services, 
but was moved into the schools because it 
was seen as being the most successful with 
children and their families. 

Jones says the program has been an eye- 
opener for the VCU students, who spend 
most of their time counseling students who 
are at risk of dropping out. "They get to 
know a rural poverty community where 
children do not have a wide range of sophisti- 
cated services," she says. "I teach the 
students to go in there and be cool about it. 
Some of the things they experience are real 
shockers for them, direct contradictions to 
even/thing they learned in the classroom." 

Perhaps one of the most important 
lessons for the students is that rural commu- 
nities are not perfect communities, "Every 
community needs help," Jones says. "The 
problems in a rural community are really 
about the needs of children that are growing 
up and the patterns of living that their family 
teaches them." 

Thoughtfulness is a key to Jones' profes- 
sional success. The quiet twenty-minute 
drive from her Varina home is what she calls 
her "thinking time." 

"I've learned not to go in fighting the 
system. 1 get to know the system and learn 
how to help It." 

—JOHN SARVAY 



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Dr. Van Wood, Philip Morris Chair in International Business 



BY DAVID REES 

He has sold Chilean cattle pancreas, navigated a 
container ship and helped Peruvian alpaca 
growers with quality control. Now, Dr. Van R. 
Wood's job is to create an international 
business program at Virginia Commonwealth 
University. 

Vi'ood, 44, one of a new breed of globe- 
trotting academic business experts, joined VCU 
in August to fill the new Philip Morris Chair in 
International Business. He teaches marketing 
and is developing VCU programs on interna- 
tional business that meet businesses' real needs. 

He flew in straight from Singapore to start. 
He'd stopped in Singapore after a three-week 
stint in Beijing and Taiyuan, China, lecturing to 
aspiring Chmese executives about international 
markets. "For the last 10 
years, it's been like that," 
Wood said. He grinned. 
"I really love it." 

At VCU, Wood said, 
"I'm building on my 
past network of interna- 
tional relationships and 
building new ones." For 
example, he is working 
with the School of 
Business's fast track 
MBA program director 
Bill Miller to add an 
international experience 
in Mexico City in July, 
when VCU executives 
will meet with their 
counterparts in Mexican 
industries. Wood 
returns to China in August to explore manage- 
ment training opportunities for Chinese 
managers. 

All year. Wood says, "People have been 
coming from across the globe. I can't believe all 
the visitors we've had at VCU, from France, 
lapan, England, South Africa. Master's students 
and undergraduates have gone to Italy. The 
potential for international programs involving 
our students and professors is really exciting." 

Wood spent Christmas in Puerto Rico — 
teaching a master's seminar in international 
advertising strategy between Latin America and 
the United States, for businessmen from both 
areas. Between lectures on choosing a partner 
and finding a market, he did manage to fit in a 
wedding — his own — on the day after 
Christmas. Wood and Beth HaUoran were 
married at the Governor's Palace by the sea in 
old San Juan. 



Standard operating procedure, according to 
Dr. Pamela Kiecker, a VCU marketing professor 
who has co-written award-winning papers with 
Wood about international franchising. "He 
always says, '! feel like I come alive' when he 
goes abroad," Kiecker said. 

Wood is not just an airport-to-the-Hilton- 
and-back sort of traveler, she added. "His idea 
is to go and live there for six months. In China, 
he loves the banquets and all the rounds of 
toasts; he goes oft" the beaten path, he likes to 
interact with his interpreter to learn some 
words in the language, learn how people feel 
about things." 

An Air Force brat. Wood knew after his 
father was posted to a U.S. air base in Italy that 



And cattle pancreas. 

Chile is a major producer of beef. When 
Wood found out that cattle pancreas is a source 
of insulin — a medicine for diabetics in short 
supply in Chile at the time — he and his col- 
leagues at the development company figured 
they had a business opportunity. In fact, two. 
Wood found a German buyer — who sold some 
of the insulin it made in Chile. 

Wood's research has centered on interna- 
tional marketing, blending theory with practice. 
Wood has been working most of the past 20 
years on a study of Finnish consumers. The 
academic point was to develop ways of measur- 
ing how consumers perceive foreign products, 
and then to see how those perceptions aft'ect 



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Business Flair. After Chi 
Reluctant North America 



le. Wood wound up in Peru. He boosted exports of a. 
n buyers were won over. 

he wanted to learn more about other countries 
and other ways of living. 

His first idea was to sort of run away to sea. 
He spent two years as a midshipman at the 
United States Merchant Marine Academy. He 
spent his sophomore year on a ship sailing 
between West Coast ports and lapan. Hong 
Kong and South Korea. "The company wanted 
the captain and chief mate to know its major 
customers; they'd take me along for dinners 
and meetings, and I learned a lot, but it was all 
anecdotal. I wanted to get more serious," 
Wood said. 

So, after finishing a business degree at the 
University of Washington, he signed on for a 
stint with the Industrial Development Corp. 
in Santiago, Chile. His job was to develop 
export markets for a wide variety of Chilean 
goods — everything from produce to textiles to 
machinery. 



Ipaca wool by settuig up a quality control program. 

sales of those foreign products. "Language, 
religion — even geography — all affect the 
culture," he said. At the message level, you have 
to remember, for example, that North 
Americans tend to want precise, objective infor- 
mation. Latin and Asian cuhures emphasize 
poetry and emotion." The latest paper from the 
project outlines ways Russian businesses could 
boost their market share in the West. 

Darling said Wood is analytical, very orga- 
nized — and very busy. "He only operates at one 
speed: fuU steam ahead." 

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VERSION OF A PROFILE FROM THE 
RICHMOND TltvtES-DISPATCH 
NOVEMBER 29, 1994 PHOTO BY 
STUART T WAGNER BOTH ARE 
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BY GLORIA THOMAS ■92BAIHStS AND 
MARY ELLEN MERCER 

"My parents were not aggressive in chal- 
lenging the system," says Hilda Yates 
Warden '52Cert/SW '64MS/AH(RC). 
But even as a child growing up in the 
1920s and '30s, "I never could under- 
stand how another individual could say, 
"This is your place.'" 

By 1950 the 32-year-old former 
school teacher was working for 
Richmond social services in the 




Hilda Warden 



Department of Welfare. Warden well understood that to be 
promoted a black woman needed more education than a white 
social worker. In 1950 Richmond Professional Institute was the 
only college in Virginia offering graduate-level social work courses. 
The mother of two applied to take one evening class. 

At registration the week before class started. Warden was told 
to see the director of the School of Social Work The Board of 
Visitors (m Williamsburg — RPI was still a division of William and 
Mary) had not decided whether to admit black students. "In terms 
of the attitude of the people who controEed educational resources, 
we were less than people — ^we were stiU in an entirely segregated 
situation," she says. Director Dr. George Kalif told Warden to 
submit a fiill application. (Other part-time students were filling 
out half-sheet forms.) In a week she pulled together transcripts and 
three references, had a physical, and filled out a lengthy applica- 
tion. "At that moment I decided this was my time," she says. "I 
would have no chance of advancement without social work 
credits." 

A nervous Kalif called the Director of Public Welfare to ask 
whether a pressure group was backing Warden. "I think they were 
fearful that an organization like the NAACP would sponsor court 
action," she says. Warden prevailed, and desegregation began at 
RPI. Yet, as the only black student, Warden found, "For the most 
part it was like there were two worlds. It was a sort of a chilly situa- 
tion." 

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Dr. Ed Peeples 



than its community. RPI was no stranger 
to struggle — or raised eyebrows. Founder 
Dr. Henry Hibbs had "started the school 
in 1917 with an eye toward human 
service," says Dr. Ed Peeples '57BS/E. 
Hibbs created a different kind of coUege, 
traitung professionals in social service and 
public health nursing, using the city itself 
as classroom. When Theresa PoUak 
founded die School of Art in 1928, the 
arts cachet added to the school's uncon- 
ventional reputation. 

RPI students were among the leaders 
of the Richmond Intercollegiate Council, an interracial student 
group formed by local schools in 1944. (See timeline.) "We live in 
a world that can be changed," said Russell Jones of Virginia Union 
bravely in a keynote address to 300 people at MCV's Egyptian 
Building. Their dual purpose was to show that "religion is a living 
reality in our hearts" and to find oudets for social responsibility. 
Jane Weaver Poulton '47BA/H&S says, "The Council offered the 
first integrated class in the South, a one-credit course taught by 
integrated faculty fi-om the different schools." 

Hibbs' ongoing struggles to fund the college added to the 
school's willingness to do things differendy. There's a persistent 
and undated story about Hibbs' response when he was told that six 
black students wanted to register for the evening college — "Have 
they got the tuition money?" Hibbs' pragmatism was effective in 
building an unconventional coUege. He "got away with enrolling 
blacks because people didn't look at RPI," su^ests Peeples. The 
community didn't concern itself much with the school, because "it 
was where working class people went." 

Whatever the reasons, Warden's enrollment in 1950 didn't 
raise alarms, andinl951sheandfour other black students applied 
and were quiedy admitted full-time to the School of Social Work. 
Precedent was established, but no policies were set and long-insti- 
tuted practices and habits of separation didn't disappear. The three 
black students fi-om out of town were not allowed to live in the 
dormitories, so black families near campus offered room and 
board. After their first visit to die dining room. Warden remem- 













Lawrence Bussard 



bers two instructors admonishing them 
not to eat there because they were not 
living on campus. Other students living 
off campus ate there regularly. 

Even so, dedication to the common 
goal of learning together bridged dis- 
tances, especially within the social work 
program. "We worked on projects and 
occasionally studied together — I made a 
few friends," Warden says. 

Lawrence Bussard '54 MSW/SW 
remembers that as a white student, "We 
tried to make the black students feel 
wanted and accepted." Since black students couldn't go out with 
white students anywhere else, they occasionally ate together at 
Virginia Union University. Why no organized protest? "Those 
weren't the days of protest," says Bussard — echoing the reluctance 
of Warden's parents to challenge the status quo. 

Without a poUcy on inte- 
gration, Warden's admission to 
RPI was no guarantee that 
others could follow. And as 
Warden observes, "the rules 
seem to change at the whim of 
the people who run the 
programs." Dr. Grace Harris 
'60MSW/SW, now VCU's 
acting president, was denied 
admission to the graduate 
School of Social Work in fall 
1954, and instead Virginia paid 
her tuition at Boston 
University. (This practice was 
standard in Virginia and other southern states at the time.) She 
stayed in Boston for the first year of the two-year MSW program 
and later finished her MSW at RPI. 

Athletic competition at RPI was also providing room for 
support of racial equality. Peeples (#32) played forward for RPI's 
basketball team, the Green Devils, ft-om 1953-57. He strongly 




Dr. Grace Harris 




The 1956-57 Green Devils and Coach Ed Allen (center front) 



remembers Coach Ed AUen, who quietly 
but effectively made his dislike of segrega- 
tion clear to the team. Peeples also 
remembers a significant moment from 
the time when Virginia's Massive 
Resistance laws prohibited interracial 
sports competition at public institutions. 
One night in the mid-1950s, Bridgewater, 
one of the few private state colleges that 
admitted blacks, came to play RPI in the 
then-new Franklin Street gym. A young 
black player ran lay-ups and then sat on 
the bench. When his coach called him 
into the game, the young man stood, and the small crowd of bas- 
ketball fans started to applaud. "I had a chill...he came on the floor 
in defiance of the Massive Resistance law," says Peeples. "RPI bas- 
ketball fans were saying in their own modest way. We're ready for 
the future.' I was changing and so were people around me." 

Change was reflected in a 
1954 poll by RPI's student 
newspaper, TIk Proscript, 
when a majority of RPI 
students agreed with the 
Supreme Court's desegregation 
decision in Brown vs. the Board 
of Education. During the next 
few years, the ground swell of 
change buUt quietly at RPI, 
Massive Resistance countered 
by passive defiance. 

By the end of the decade, 
angrier protest appeared. In 
1959-60, TJieG/iosf, an RPI 
underground newspaper, delivered blistering editorials, many 
against racism. G?i05f writers (Peeples among them) reported the 
mysterious cancellation of a basketbaU game between RPI and 
Union Theological Seminary in 1960. "It seems there is a Negro 
player on Union's team, and there is a vague policy . . . somewhere 
in the W&M administrative scheme, restricting [its schools] from 



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SUMMER 1995 




Dr. Henry 
Hibbs founds the 
Richmond School of 
Social Economy: 
becomes Richmond 
School of Social 
Work and Public 
Health in 1918 



Richmond 
School of Social 
Work and Public 
Health becomes part 
of the College of 
William and Mary 



Richmond 
Inter-collegiate 
Council: Interracial 
group established by 
students and faculty 
of five Richmond 
schools including 
RPI, MCVand St. 
Philip's 



First four 
full-time black 
graduate students 
admitted to RPI's 
School of Social 
Work 

Dr. Jean Harris, first 
black student 
admitted to MCV 
School of Medicine 



Virginia 
General Assembly 
passes Massive 
Resistance legisla- 
tion to prevent 
implementation of 
Brown v. Board of 
Education 



Last gradu- 
ating class of St. 
Philip School of 
Nursing as black 
students are inte- 
grated into MCV 
School of Nursing 



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St. Philip 
Hospital School of 
Nursing founded as 
MCV's "parallel" 
program to educate 
black nurses 



The 
Richmond School of 
Social Work and 
Public Health 
becomes Richmond 
Professional 
Institute 




WiUtc Dell 



competing against anyone but blond, 
blue-eyed Aryans on state property." 
Words led to action during the '60s when 
many RPI students joined civil rights pro- 
testers, picketing and boycotting 
Richmond stores. 

On campus, Willie Dell '70MSW/SW 
says black students began confronting 
RPI's administration, asking for increases 
in black faculty and students, more schol- 
arships for black students, and diversified 
field placements. At the time, white 
women students were not placed with 
black women field supervisors. DeU remembers students being told 
that the rationale was that black women had lower morals. The 
dean "admitted it was true and said that racism existed as part of 
the culture we were in. He said, 'Sometimes you are operating out 
of that old system.'" 

Dr. Norma Goode '60MSW/SW adds, "The advisors in the 
School of Social Work took great pains to insulate us from 
anything anyone might say that would make us feel uncomfort- 
able. Yet, it still could not prevent people who had been brought 
up to believe certain things about African-Americans from saying 
things." 

Even so, the School of Social Work was something of a haven 
for black students in the '60s. It had a large share of the teachers Ed 
Peeples calls "educational missionaries" — people like Dr. Alice 
Davis, Archer Michael and Dean Elaine Rothenberg, who 
mentored Grace Harris among many others. Peeples was struck 
by some startling ideas. "I had never before in my life heard 
anyone say cuiything bad about Harry Byrd or our way of life in 
Virginia,'" he says. Ruby Clayton Walker '65 MSW/SW thinks, 
"Those doors were opened because of the values we believe in as a 
profession — to seek social justice and democratic principles in 
terms of the way we relate to people in society." 

"AH of us were caught up in the racism of the '60s," says Ellen 
Jordan '65MSW/SW — like the Grace Street restaurant that still 
refused to serve blacks. But she remembers that "the issues were 
with society. Few were with classmates." In fact, Jordan says, "I 
think my mom was amazed when I would call and say somebody 
was coming home with me, and then they would get there and it 



State and 
federal courts rule 
Virginia's Massive 
Resistance legisla- 
tion unconstitutional 



RPI gains 
independence from 
the College of 
William & Mary 




Dr. Norma Goodf 



U.S. Supreme 
Court desegregation 
decision: Brown v. 
Board of Education. 
In a Proscr/pt poll, 
a majority of RPI 
students agree 
with the Court 



was a white person." When Hilda 
Warden got her second degree in rehabil- 
itation counseling in the '60s, she says, 
"the attitudes were changing — I felt the 
school was very open-minded." 

Casual encounters and first overtures 
between black and white students could 
produce some awkward moments. There 
were three black students out of twenty- 
five in Jordan's first-year class. 
"Sometimes if people saw one of us, they 
would say, 'Where are the other two?'" 

One evening Donna Greene Kaiser 
'65BFA/A and her husband Robert Kaiser '65BFA/A (not yet 
married) found only two seats left in the cafeteria. The two white 
students joined a table of older, black graduate students. "They 
were all very congenial," she says. "But they didn't talk other than 
to say a polite Hello.' There was stiU sort of that barrier there." 

Ruby Walker, now assistant professor in the School of Social 
Work, was one of the "three." To cope wdth racism, she found it 
essential to work on her own personal growth and share openly 
with her friends. "Many of the white smdents were also sensitive to 
these issues. But I don't know that they always understood the 
personal pain." 

Sometimes the white students caught a glimpse of it. Walker 
remembers visiting a recreation hall with white friends. Though it 
was white-owned, only blacks were welcome. When her friends 
were turned away, "For a moment they were very indignant. I 
laughed and said 'this is what I encounter everyday.' In some ways 
I got a iitde pleasure from it. That's the kind of complexity you 
struggle with. Sometimes you are relieved even when other people 
are denied. And yet you know within your heart and moral fiber 
that is wrong. I wanted them to have that indignation that I had." 
Walker says they all grew from the experience and many became 
lifelong fi-iends. 

Then there was the night that RPI met the UDC. Walker, 
Jordan and several white friends had gathered at the Jefferson 
Hotel, where some of them were staying — and where the United 
Daughters of the Confederacy was holding a conference. The inte- 
grated group of college students attracted stares, so Walker's 
friends draped a black shawl around her like a royal robe. She 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



20 




First full- 
time black faculty 
hired: Dr. Regenia 
Perry in the School 
of Arts and Dr. 
Rizpah Welch in the 
School of Education 




Afro- 
American Studies 
Program formed 



Dr. Grace 
Harris '60MSW/SW 

becomes VCU's first 
African-American 
Dean, in the School 
of Social Work — 
where she had been 
denied admission in 
1954 



Dr. Harris 
becomes VCU's first 
black Academic 
Provost 



Beatrice 
Wynn elected 
Harvest Ball 
Queen by 
School of the 
Arts 




Jim Elam 
elected VCU's first 
black Student 
Government 
Association 
President 



Reflections 
in Ink VCU newspa- 
per founded, staffed 
by the Black Student 
Alliance and the 
League of Black 
Journalists 



VCU's 
African American 
Alumni Council 
established 



Dr. Harris is 
acting president of 
VCU dunng the 
summer while Dr. 
Eugene Trani is on 
sabbatical 




Ruby Wnlker 



marched slowly and regally down the 
mythic Gone with the Wind staircase 
while her white friends bowed repeatedly 
in humble deference. The murmurs of 
the onlookers rose in volume with the 
students' laughter. So, Jordan comments, 
"Ruby Walker became the grande dame 
of the South." 

Jim Elam '73 BS/SW was one of seven 
young black men hit by sniper fire in 
Richmond Ln 1962. He was 17. Five of 
them were killed, and Elam is still partial- 
ly paralyzed and walks with a cane. His 
experience shocked him into protest — and into an education. "It 
became clear to me that I could no longer use my brute strength to 
be a brick layer," says Elam. He realized that "African Americans as 
a people could only look forward to jobs that were menial. I had to 
speak up." In 1963, the apolitical Elam joined the NAACP and 
marched for civil rights. His parents worried about his safety; but 
Elam says, "You can't walk around being afraid of life. You might 
slip up, fall and die from your head hitting the curb." 

Elam enrolled at VCU in 1969. "The university, when I began, 
was all white other than having made some token steps toward 
integrating the student body." Gathered around a table in the 
Hibbs Building's Campus Cafe, Elam and his fi'iends discussed the 
upcoming 1970 Student Government 
Association election. They were disap- 
pointed that current student leaders didn't 
seem to be dealing with real issues. 

The radicals mounted their campaign 
on "The Art of the Possible." Elam's 
platform included working for fair and 
equitable treatment of all students and 
improving school and community rela- 
tions — especially with Oregon HUl. He 
wanted more student input on curriculum, 
hiring more minority professors and estab- 
lishing an Afro-American studies program. 

They didn't expect to win. Then on the 
way to file his petition, Elam encountered a 
student on the other side. "You're 




Ellen Jordan 




Bruce Twyman (right) and past VCUAA President 
Roger Nicholson '68BS/H&S 

IVCU ALUMNI ACTIVITIES FILE PHOTO) 



kidding," the white student said, "You 

don't think you could win do you? This is 

a white school." It was just the push Elam 

needed to push back, hard. "After that — I 

just thought I could beat anybody." 
Much of the support for Elam's 

campaign came from the School of the 

Arts. "You would be amazed at how 

much silk-screening and flyers by the 

thousands we used to get the message 

out." He took his message to small 

groups of students in the dormitories. "I 

went out to get the ones that were not 

involved." By a vote of 726 to 465 Elam became the first black 

president of VCU's SGA. 

President Elam gave speeches in Shafer Court denouncing the 

war in Vietnam, condemning what he believed were racist prac- 
tices at VCU and asking for the resignation of Richmond's Chief 

of Police. The Black Panther party came to Monroe Park. He 

says, "we brought quite a bit of turmoil to the university." VCU 

dealt with it. Elam graduated, more black students followed him 

to VCU, and more black faculty members and administrators 

were hired. 

Bruce Twyman '74BS/MC was one of those students. In 1989, 

he and a few other alumni established the African American 
Alumni Council to bring more of thefr 
fellow graduates into active involvement 
with VCU. "We wanted to tie the particular 
interests and concerns of African 
Americans to VCU and make a strong con- 
nection with the school, something many 
of us did not feel as students. We needed to 
establish that positive sense of warmth and 
welcome for African American alumni — 
and for students, so they will feel the con- 
nection and want to continue it." 

Gail Nottingham '82MPA/H&S, who 
was the Council's second president, says 
the Council "continues to focus on the 
students who are here, to provide the nur- 
turing they need to be successful and 



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Jim Elam 



graduate. Often, we can bring something 
additional to the table in terms of what 
African American students need. And we 
needed to take responsibility for our 
own." She adds, "We were also looking 
outward to increase support for VCU 
from the African American alumni." 

Perhaps President Grace Harris has 
the most dramatic sense of times 
changing. "From a university that four 
decades ago would not admit a highly- 
qualified student because she was black," 
Harris says, "VCU has now become a 
university where that same student has moved on to become the 
Dean of the School of Social Work in 1982, then in 1990 Vice 
Provost for Continuing Studies and Public Service, then Provost 
and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1992, and, most 
recently. Acting President for the summer of 1995. While each of 
these appointments represents great advances in my career, 
becoming dean was the most significant accomplishment and 
personal victory for me given the complete turn of events it 

entailed." 

RPI was indeed 
a different kind of 
school. Because of 
that, a core of RPI 
faculty, students, 
and staff were 
ready to deal with 
racial issues early 
on, in an unoffi- 
cial and quiet 
way. As Ed 
Peeples 

comments, "A lot 
Gail Nottingham (right) with current AAAC of RPI Students 

President Michelle Jones '87BS/H&S were older, more 

(VCU ALUMNI ACTIVITIES FILE PHOTO) mature, worked 

and knew what the world was like." Their legacy is an essential trait 
in VCU's character today, its diversity. One of VCU's strengths is 
its varied student body with the largest minority enrollment — 16 
percent African American, 10 percent other minorities — of any of 
Virginia's traditionally white universities and its strongly diverse 
faculty — 5 percent African American, 7 percent other minorities — 
and administration — 12 percent African American, 2 percent 
other minorities. 

In social work, in the arts and other disciplines, individuals at 
RPI reached out for change and toward each other. For many of 
them, as Ruby Walker says, the values of social justice and democ- 
racy "were in the hearts of the people." 

GLORIA THOMAS IS A RICHMOND FREELANCE WRITER AND 
AN HONORS PROGRAM ALUMNA — SEE PAGE 8 MARY ELLEN 
MERCER IS EDITOR OF SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 

PHOTOGRAPHY (EXCEPT WHERE INDICATED) BY DENNIS 
McWATERS. HISTORIC PHOTOS COURTESY OF SPECIAL 
COLLECTIONS AND ARCHIVES, JAMES BRANCH CABELL 
LIBRARY. VCU, 




REFLECTING ON OUR TIMES 

Where are we now? Was it worth the pain? Do you see that your 
struggle has made a difference — ^for your children and others? Alumni 
shared these personal reflections. 

Though Ruby Walker had shared much of her past with her 
daughter, she realized only recently that "I had not really told her too 
much about the pain of my own childhood and the segregated days." 
Willie Dell says, "Going through integration was lil<e going through 
labor — you remember that it happened but you don't remember the 
pain. When I look back on it now, I remember my wonderful friends." 

Grace Harris, acting president of VCU this summer, sees the 
world of higher education as certainly more open now than in 1954. 
"Probably women and minorities won't have as many hoops to go 
through. The institutions are more receptive to them." 

Jim Elam would like to see more cooperation. "We live in this 
worid together," he says. "What's good for me is going to be good 
for you and vice-versa." But, he continues, "Where segregation has 
occurred, you can see how it has made the community more dysfunc- 
tional." Ed Peeples adds, "Even though blacks today did not experi- 
ence the same humiliations, every little subtle message of each suc- 
cessive generation piles up." 

Walker is concerned that "many young talented people who have 
finished school still can't find jobs. Resources now seem to be for 
building more jails instead of building people. The black experience 
has been that the Freedman's Bureau took Lumpkin's slave jail in 
1867 and converted it into The Richmond Institute, which moved to a 
new site in 1870 and ultimately became Virginia Union University," 

Dell says she cautions her son, "You have to be aware of who you 
are and where you are if you are black and male and in America, You 
are always threatened. You will always need some community around 
you — people who have a shared sense of history and heritage. You 
will not be recognized for your own merits. It is sad to say it has not 
changed that much," 

"Things are worse today," Ellen Jordan says bluntly, "There is a 
new brand of racism. You can't pinpoint it. It's harder to fight," 

Walker feels that scarce resources — "and I mean emotional, not 
just material resources — are making people more fearful and self-pro- 
tective. They don't really give that lifelong commitment to the 
struggle." 

"Some of the negatives of the past got transformed into very 
positive character-building," says Jordan of her own emotional invest- 
ment. "It was agony. But it does help me understand groups and 
myself better. And after I have walked and protested to see that black 
people would be treated equally, I'm not ever going to accept any 
less — on any level — from anybody," 

Norma Goode feels, "We would like to be able now to close some 
of those gaps, without having to go through the pain of defending 
who we are." 

Walker reflects, "We need to look at who benefits from our scars; 
who benefits from our pain. If generations who come behind me can 
have opportunities and doors more widely opened for them, then I 
think the struggle has been worth it." 

Other alumni will have memories from these times and reflections 
of their own; please join the conversation. Write to Shafer Court 
Connections, P.O Box 843044. Richmond. VA 23284. Email to 
mercer@cabell. vcu. edu. 



NOTE: IN TELLING THE STORIES OF THESE ALUMNI, WE 
REGRET THAT WE RAN OUT OF SPACE FOR THEIR CREDITS 
AS PROFESSIONALS AND ACTIVISTS, WHICH ARE SUBSTAN- 
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1 940s 

R.H.Langley Wood '49BS/H&S 

writes fiction in Elon, VA. 

1 950s 

♦Elaine Ackman '54BS/H&S 

and her daughter Amy are 
co-owners ot Amy's Custom 
Yogurt on Grace Street near the 
VCU campus. 

1 960s 

Bill Beville '65BS/SW was rec- 
ognized as Top Sales Performer and 
Top Manuscript Performer in 1994 
by pubhsher Simon & Schuster's 
Higher Education Division at the 
company's national sales meeting in 
Tucson in Ianuar\'. 

Robin Blankenship '68BM/A 
married Jean Ottwell on November 
26 in Colonial Heights, VA. Robin 
owns and operates Piano Master 
Service in Matoaca, VA. 

*Dianne Bynum '67MS/E is 
executive director of March of 
Dimes, Texas Gulf Coast Chapter in 
Houston. 

Marshall Dowdy '69MS/B 
received a doctorate in marketing 
from Virginia Tech. 

Carole Ewart '68MS/H&S is an 
internal organizational develop- 
ment consultant for Pilgrim Health 
Care Inc. in Norwell, MA. Carole is 
also an adjunct faculty member at 
Lesley College's School of 
Management in Cambridge, MA. 

Beverly Glazer '66BS/H&S 
received a master's degree in reha- 
bilitation counseling from Florida 
State University. Beverly ovms 
Nomads Art Gallery in Tallahassee, 
FL. 

Sandy Grabman '68AS/B 
founded House of Esther, Inc., a 
non-profit employment agency for 
teens, senior citizens and people 
with disabilities in Duncan, OH. 
Sandy is also business manager and 
financial secretary for First United 
Methodist Church. 

Waiiam Johnson '69BS/B was 
awarded an associate in automation 
management diploma by the 
Insurance Institute of America. 
William is senior 



programmer-analyst in the 
National Processing Center for The 
Adantic Mutual Companies in 
Roanoke. 

♦William Perdue '60MS/H&S 
retired from Virginia Department 
of Corrections as a criminal psy- 
chologist in Richmond. 

Leonita Pharr '65BFA/A is an 
artist in Waynesboro, VA. Leonita 
also maintains a studio at 
Shenandoah Valley Art Center. 

Raymond Ratcliffe '69BS/E was 
promoted to vice president at 
Union Bank & Trust in Bowling 
Green to manage their mortgage 
loan department. 

Stan Sweeney '65BFA/A is pres- 
ident of Sweeney & Farrow, Inc., an 
advertising agency in Richmond, 
where he lives with wife Arlene 
Brown Sweeney '65BS/SW and 
their two children. 

♦Robert Thornton '68BS/B 
was named vice president of 
Thalhimer's Real Estate downto\vn 
Norfolk office. 

Jack Witt '67MFA/A and his 
wife ludy exhibited their art at the 
Shenandoah Valley Art Center in 
February. 

*Milt Woody '67BS/E was 
promoted to dean of admissions, 
registration and financial aid at St. 
Louis Community College at 
Florissant Valley in 1993. Milt was 
VCU's director of financial aid from 
1967-69. 

1970s 

Sylvia Asten '77BFA/A is an 

artist in Missoula, MT. Her work 
was featured on the cover of the 
April/May 1994 issue of The 
Mountain Astrologer. 

Linda Atkinson '75BFA/A 
exhibited her work at the Allegheny 
Highlands Arts & Crafts Center in 
Clifton Forge, VA. Linda is presi- 
dent of Artemis/Artists and Writers 
of the Blue Ridge. 

♦Ken Bryant '73BS/SW was 
recently promoted to operations 
and management consultant with 
the Department of Labor in 
Gainesville, Fl. 



Roland Burgess '76BS/B is 

executive officer of loint Task Force 
160 in Cuba with the U.S. Marines. 

Robert W. Clark II '74BS/B is 
an audit manager with Manning, 
Perkinson, Floyd & Co. in Danville, 
VA. 

♦Colin Connelly '79BA/H8£S is 
a real estate attorney in 
Chesterfield. 

♦Phyllis Cothran '71 BS/B, 
president and chief operating 
officer of Trigon Blue Cross Blue 
Shield, was recently elected member 
of the board of directors of Ethyl 
Corporation in Richmond. Phyllis 
also serves on VCU's Business 
School Council. 

Debra Crisp '72AS/B received 
an associate's degree in nursing 
from Wake Technical Community 
College in Raleigh, NC. Debra was 
class valedictorian and was honored 
with an Academic Achievement 
Award. She and her husband |immy 
live in Raleigh with their daughter 
Abbie. 

Jim Crotty '71 BS/HStS is senior 
special agent for the U.S. Customs 
Service in Glynco, GA. His daughter 
Megan is a freshman at North 
Carolina Wesleyan College in Rocky 
Mount, NC. |im and his wife 
Victoria '73BS/H&S live on St. 
Simons Island, GA with their 
children Kevin and Blake. 

Joseph Curtin '70BA/H8cS 
received a medal of merit from 
Ohio University for outstanding 
contributions to philanthropy. He 
received the Royal Order of the 
Crown, 2nd Class, from the king of 
Thailand. He received presidential 
recognition with a dinner invitation 



to the White House as the director 
of the Catholic Relief Services 
(CRS) emergency relief program in 
Somaha. loseph has a master's 
degree in international affairs from 
Ohio University and is director of 
major giving at CRS in Baltimore, 
MD. 

Mary Lou Deal '67BFA 
'72MFA/A was featured in the 
November 1994 issue of Ceramics 
Monthly, highlighting two of her 
handbudt vases purchased for 
public collections — one of which is 
featured in the Ambulatory Care 
Building at MCV Hospitals. 

♦Norris Edgerton '72MS/B is 
president of Edgerton Associates, 
Inc. in Chase City. He and his wife 
Barbara Ann have four children and 
four grandchildren. 

Winford Fowlkes '74BS/B 
named Outstanding Army lunior 
Reserve Officer by the Virginia 
department of the Reserve Officers 
Association. He is also one often 
finalists in the national ROA com- 
petition. 

Susan Smith Frank '78BFA/A is 
vice president and central region 
sales manager of Barnett Merchant 
Services Corporation in Orlando, 
FL, where she lives with her 
husband George. 

♦Joyce Fuller '77BS/E married 
James Bernard Coles on March 1 1 
in Callands, VA. Joyce is a first 
grade teacher for Pittsylvania 
County Public Schools. The couple 
lives in A,xton, VA. 

Daniel GilJ '72BS/B is director 
of the Oftke of Small and Disad- 
vantaged Business Utilizafion at 
The Pentagon in Washington, DC. 



CHALK UP AWARDS FOR ALUMNI TEMH[RS! 

Alumni who won 1994 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math 
and Science Teaching are Ann Maddin Zygiocie '87BS/E who 
teaches science at Crestwood Elementary School in Richmond and 
James Grover Jenkins '76BS '80MEd/E. a science teacher at South 
Jefferson Elementary in Charles Town. WV. They received their 
awards and congratulations from the White House in Washington at 
the National Museum of Natural History on April 27 

In Richmond, three alumni won R.E.B. Foundation awards for 
Teaching Excellence, which fund further study for a classroom topic 
Judith Genier '68BS/E, at Bensley Elementary, received $5,000 to 
study the flora and fauna of Australia. Angela Pickels '83MA/H&S, at 
Monocan High School, received $8,500 to study the history of the 
Vietnam War by visiting Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and other parts of 
Vietnam. Warren Shelton '84BS/E, at Midlothian Middle School, 
received $6,000 to conduct an analysis in freshwater biology. 

Ann Middleton Peters '72BS/E was selected as 1994 Teacher of 
the Year from Rock Springs Elementary School in Apopka, Fl, where 
she teaches second grade. Linda IVIoore '75MS/SW is one of three 
recipients of the annual Deans' Teaching Awards of $2,500 each from 
Texas Christian University in Fort Worth Linda is an associate profes- 
sor and director of TCU's social work program 



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SPIRITED EVENING 



Nearly 300 alumni and their 
guests from the Greater 
Hampton Roads area (including 
Tidewater and the Peninsula) 
enjoyed a party cruise aboard 
'he Spirit of Norfolk on 

Wednesday, 
March 15th, 
Alumni listened 
to live jazz, 
enjoyed a 
fabulous 
evening view 
of the 
downtown 
Norfolk and Portsmouth water- 
fronts, and heard about exciting 
developments on the academic 
and medical campuses from 
President Eugene P. Irani. 
Response was so overwhelm- 
ing that VCU alumni filled the 
entire ship. More than 4,000 
VCU, MCV and RPI alumni cur- 
rently live in the Greater 
Hampton Roads area. 




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Stephen Griffin '77BS/E is 
planning director for Spotsylvania 
County. 

*JesseHaiTupIr.'75BS/B 
earned the Certified Government 
Financial Manager certification 
from the Association of 
Government Accountants, lesse is 
assistant comptroller at the Virginia 
Department of Corrections in 
Richmond. 

Marsha Heatwole '78BFA/A 
exhibited her work at the 
Lynchburg Fine Arts Center. 
Marsha is an artist in Lexington, 
VA. 

Cheryl Fomash Hoffman 
'73BS/B is vice president and 
partner in her family-owned 
business, Fornash Fine lewelry in 



Richmond. Before joining the 
family business, Cheryl received a 
master's degree in school adminis- 
tration from UVA, and spent 
eighteen years as a National 
Marketing Representative for IBM. 
She lives with her son, lames, in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Patrick Johnson '76BS/H&S 
was named General District Court 
ludge by Virginia's General 
Assembly. lohnson closed his 
private law practice in Grundy, VA 
before his judgeship began in April. 
He and his wife Sandy live in Slate 
Creek, VA with their two children, 
Zachary and Casey. 

Raymond Jurgel |r. '77BS/B is 
engaged to Dr. Mary Diane Zelli. 
Raymond works in the nuclear pur- 
chasing department of Virginia 
Power in Richmond. The couple 
plan to marry on lune 3. 

Adele Karp '74MS/SW is a 
licensed clinical social worker in 
Richmond. She was featured in Style 
Weekly for forming a support group 
for adults with attention deficit 
disorder. 

William Leighty '79MBA/B was 
appointed director of the Virginia 
Retirement System in lanuary. 

Susan MacDonald '79BM/A is 
a first-year law student at The 
Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, 
PA. 

Richard McCann '72BA/H&S is 
co-director of the MFA program in 
creative writing at American 
University in Washington DC. 
Richard is the author oi Ghost 
Letters, which received the 1994 
Beatrice Hawley Award and the 
1993 Capricorn Poetry Award. His 
new novel. Mother of Sorrow, will be 
published in the fall. 

♦Keith Miller '77BS/H&S is an 
account executive at Allstate 
Insurance Company in Ellicott City, 
MD. Keith is a former criminal 
investigations agent for the 
Department of Defense in 
Richmond. 

Nancy Minogue '76MS/H&S is 
editorial board chairwoman for The 
Northern Virginia Review, the 
literary magazine of Northern 
Virginia Community College 
(NOVA). Nancy is also participat- 
ing in a photography exhibit at the 
Cultural Center on NOVA's 
Annandale Campus, showing her 
portraits of steeplechase jockeys. 

Roger Neathawk '61 BS/P 
'78MS/B was recently elected 
second vice chairman of the Easter 
Seal Society of Virginia's board of 
directors for the 1994-95 fiscal year. 
Roger is chairman and CEO of 
Market Strategies, Inc. in 
Richmond. 



David Norris '77MA/H&S has 
two poems in the J994 Dan River 
Anthology, "Hymn loo's Lover" and 
"This Is Paradise." David is current- 
ly living in Seouk Korea. 

Sheldon Nordin '74BS/B 
received a master of business 
administration degree from Averett 
College in Danville, VA. 

John Ortiz '74BS/H&S is a 
licensed psychologist with Capital 
Psychiatric & Psychological 
Associates in Harrisburg, PA. 

E. Douglas Pratt '76MS/SW 
published Fostering and Adopting 
the Child Who Has Been Sexually 
Abused in 1994, and the book has 
been adopted for statewide training 
in Kentuck7. Douglas is a consul- 
tant trainer for The Child Welfare 
Institute, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. He 
and his wife Margaret Moloney live 
in Decatur, GA. 

Preddy Drew Ray '75BS/H&S is 
executive director at the Task Force 
For Historic Preservation and the 
Minority Community in 
Richmond, where he lives with his 
wife Cassandra and their two 
children. 

Duffy Regan 76BFA/A runs 
her own residential and commercial 
interior design business from her 
home in Sydney, Australia, where 
she lives with her husband Kevin 
and their two children. 

Monique ReiUy 79BS/H&S is a 
law librarian for the Virginia State 
Corporation Commission in 
Richmond, Monique is a member 
of the Virginia Association of Law 
Librarians, 

*James Roane '79BS/B is assis- 
tant manager of student accounting 
at the University of Michigan, Ann 
Arbor, He received an MBA from 
Eastern Michigan University in 
1989, lames lives in Ypsilanti with 
his wife Rose, who is expecting their 
second child in August, and their 
daughter Taylor, 

Karl SaUba '74BS/H&S and his 
wife Donna had their first child, 
Catherine Marie, on April 25, 1994, 
Karl and Donna are optometrists 
practicing in Roanoke. 

Marsha Shuler '79MA/B was 
named vice president at The Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond in 
lanuary. 

Prince Thompson '72BS/B and 
his wife Cathy 75BS/E are pleased 
to announce that their daughter 
Ashley has been selected to be 
included in Who's Who Among 
Students in American Universities 
and Colleges, Ashley is a senior at 
lames Madison University, and 
plans to attend medical school 
majoring in neo-natal pediatrics. 

(. Randolph Vass 75MS 
73BS/H&S is senior consulting 



actuary with Alexander & 
Alexander consulting Group in 
Philadelphia, 

Owen Wachter 78BS/H&S is 
multimedia manager at The Martin 
Agency in Richmond, 

*David Walrond 78BS/H&S is 
president and owner of Home Oil & 
Gas Company in Hot Springs, VA, 
David is also on the board of direc- 
tors with Bath County Chamber of 
Commerce, Shenandoah Valley 
Travel Association, and a member 
of the governing board of The Blue 
Ridge Region of Virginia, 

W. Terry Whisnant 79AS/H8(S 
was the keynote speaker for "A 
Night of Hearty Laughter" spon- 
sored by the Suffolk Chapter of the 
American Heart Association, Terry 
is a professor of psychology at 
Southside Virginia Community 
College in Midlothian, VA, where 
he lives, 

1 980s 

Carl Ackerman '69BA 

'89MSW/SW, a licensed clinical 
social worker, and his wife Darlene 
75MS '88C/AH, a licensed profes- 
sional counselor, have a part-time 
counseling ser\'ice working with 
adolescents, adults and family/ 
marital therapy in Caroline County, 
VA. 

*Peggy Adams '86BGS/CS was 
recently elected to serve on the 
advisory board for the W.H.O, 
(Women Helping Others) 
Foundation, Peggy is an executive 
director and skin care/image con- 
sultant with BeautiControl 
Cosmetics where she was recently 
named one of their top 10 executive 
directors for 1994, 

Jennifer Alcantara '89BS/B 
married Chris Bertagnolli on 
October 1 in Norfolk, lennifer is a 
computer programmer analyst, and 
Chris is a management analyst with 
the Department of Defense, The 
couple lives in Fairfax, VA. 

William AUison III '82BFA/A, 
a representative for Artec 
Consultants Inc., a theatrical 
master-planning agency, is current- 
ly working in Richmond with The 
Firehouse Theatre Project to 
convert the former Engine 
Company No. 10 into a theater, 

David Lee Anderson 
'86BS/H&S received a master's 
degree in education from Middle 
Tennessee State University in 
May, 1994, 

♦William Bacote '86MS/H&S 
was recently promoted to manager 
of payroll and human resources 
information for Albemarle 
Corporation, William and his wife 



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Jon Waybright '90BS/H&S 








BY JOHN SARVAY •94BGS/NTS 

"Philistine civilization." It's a great oxymoron, which shows what 3500 
years of bad press can do. The Bible portrays the Philistines as the 
ultimate bad guys. After all, Goliath was a Philistine and a bully. The 
Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant. And so it is written. 
But after years of archeological digging in Ashkelon under the Israeli 
sun. Ion Waybright, an Honors Program graduate in philosophy and 
religious studies, sees the ancient seafaring culture in a different light. 

"What we're learning from sites like Ashkelon is that the Philistines 
built great cities, that they made beautiful pottery, and that they made 
wine and textiles while the Israelites were still in the hiUs. From both an 
archeological and Biblical perspective, the work here is helping create a 
new picture of the Philistines," he says. The work also is helping 
Waybright create the perfect complement to his continuing studies in 
ancient history and religion. He credits VCU religious studies professor 
Cliff Edwards and history professor Robert Talbert wdth his hands-on 
approach to studying. 

"They encouraged me to look outside ol VCU for college credit, so 
in 1988 1 volunteered for an excavation through Harvard," Waybright 
says. That first summer, he paid his ovm way, and the experience obvi- 
ously made an impression on him. This summer will be his sixth season 
digging at Harvard's Leon Levy Excavation at Ashkelon. 

"I spent two years volunteering at the site, then Harvard picked up 
my airfare in my third year and asked me to be on staft in 1992. 1 wasn't 
really in love with archeology at first — there's a lot of continuous 
physical labor involved — but 1 knew the experience with Harvard would 
be good. By the second year, 1 began to really enjoy it," Waybright 
explains. 

The site at Ashkelon seems ideal for a student of religion and 
ancient cuhures. "From a religious perspective, Ashkelon is one of the 
five great cities of the Philistines, who wandered into the area around 
the 13th or I4th century B.C.E. (Before the Common Era). Today, it is 
the only city in southern Israel right on the coast. 

"The excavation itself is one of the largest and most exciting sites in 
Israel. Ashkelon has a continuous history stretching back to 4000 B.C.E., so students and scholars really can pick their 
history. If you like Canaanite history (the Bronze Age), you can dig there. If you're interested in Persian remains or 
Hellenistic-Roman remains, you can find those there." 

The site itself stretches in a horseshoe-like arc across 150 acres and is surrounded by ramparts constructed in the 
Bronze Age. Archeologists concentrate their attention on two large mounds, which Waybright says contain different 
remains at each layer. Because of Ashkelon's strategic value — it boasted a large underground spring and a harbor — the 
city was constantly resettled. Unfortunately, the archeologists are colliding with a modern consumer culture in their 
attempts to clarify their understanding of ancient cultures. 

"Even with 5000 years of history underfoot, we haven't been able to find the harbor. We know there was a harbor in 
Ashkelon; it was a major trading city. There is a Club Med right where we think the harbor is located, but the resort 
won't let us dig through their tennis courts," Waybright says. 

For the hundreds of student volunteers that flock to Ashkelon, the coastal location is a plus, but Waybright says the 
emphasis at the site is on field work and teaching. 

"Every summer, we get 150 to 200 student volunteers in field school here. The excavation schedule runs from lune 
through August, so for several months they are awake by 4:30 a.m., at the site by 5 a.m. and finished by 1 p.m. But then 
everyone goes back to the site at 4 p.m. to wash pottery until about 6 p.m. That's followed by a lecture," says 
Waybright. It's hours of sweaty labor followed by heady lectures from top faculty and archeologists from Harvard, as 
weO as scholars from around the world who visit the site and agree to speak to the students. 

And though Waybright has moved into a supervisory and teaching position on-site during the summer, he's still 
very much the student. Currently, he's pursuing his master's in biblical studies at Boston University, which places him 
next door to Harvard. After that, there's a PhD in his future, he says. 

"I want to continue digging and I want to teach. I'd love to come back to VCU and teach," he says. "I feel very com- 
fortable there. 1 sort of like the offbeat atmosphere. It really puts a nice twist on learning." 

JOHN SARVAY IS A RICHMOND FREELANCE WRITER AND EDITOR OF PLANET, A MONTHLY 
TRAVEL MAGAZINE 







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SUMMER 1995 



Debra have relocated to Baton 
Rouge, LA with their three children. 

John Beall •84BAyH&S was 
recently promoted to assistant vice 
president with Signet Bank in 
Richmond. 

DarleneBeU'86BS/H&S 
married Keith Ingram on October 2 
in Newport News, where they live. 
Darlene is Mental Health Case 
Manager for the Hampton- 
Newport News Community Service 
Board. 

Liza Bouroujian '89BA/H&S is 
a technical analyst in the produc- 
tion services division at Crestar 
Bank in Richmond. 

Mary Bruce '88BS/H&S is a 
claims adjuster with Sentry 
Insurance in Richmond. 

*Agnes Cain '86MS/E recendy 
featured in the Rtchmond-Times 
Dispatch for donating 30 hours a 
week to various charitable organiza- 
tions. Agnes is a board member for 
Adult Care Services and their 
current chairwoman, a 12-year vol- 
unteer veteran with the Greater 
Richmond Chapter of the American 
Red Cross, and also heads the vol- 
unteer committee of Stargate, an 
arts program for 6- and 7-year-olds 
at risk. Agnes worked as a profes- 
sional recreation organizer and 
chose to take break in her career to 
dedicate her time to helping others. 

Bradford Garden '81BS/B was 
named vice president at The Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond in 
January. 

Beth Gartwright '87BS/H8tS is 
an investor service representative 
and administrative assistant in the 
human resources department at 
Janus Funds in Denver, CO. 

♦Michael Ghaney '81BS/H8iS is 
management supervisor at Avrett 
Free & Ginsberg in New York City. 




Clean sweep. The advantage of 
computer "painting, " says Lloyd 
Davies '51BFA/A, is "no washing 
out brushes. " Davies uses Adobe 
Photoshop to turn his photographs, 
mostly landscapes, into oil paintings 
or watercolors. His retirement 
hobby got some unexpected atten- 
tion when 20 of his pictures were 
the first show in America Online's 
juried Fine Art Gallery this year. 
AOL users can reach the gallery by 
keying in artists and choosing 
library option. 

Lisa Ghavis '88BS/B married 
Algie Gregory on October 22 in 
Petersburg. Lisa works at TSC Inc, 
and Algie works at Reynolds Metals 
Co. in Richmond, where the couple 
lives. 

Ted Gostin '86MURP/H8(S is 
town manager of Elkton, VA. 

♦Kevin Connors '82BS/H8(S is 
a weeknight sports anchor at 
Shadow Broadcast services in 
Rutherford, Nl. 

Sara Cowherd '83BFA/A is an 
associate of Baskerville & Son, P.C. 
and was recently appointed by 
Governor Allen to serve a 4-year 
term on the Board for Architects, 
Professional Engineers, Land 
Surveyors, Landscape Architects 
and Interior Designers — for which 
she was elected chairwoman. 

Lawonna Daves '82BA/H8tS 
opened a law practice, Daves and 
Associates, in Richmond after grad- 




Compliments to the Chefs. Thanks 
to Ken Magitl '65BS/B '69 MS/E, 
Marsha Shuler '74BS '79MA/B. 
and Dan and Joan Rexinger 
'86BGS/NTS behind the grill. 



iW WE'RE COOKir 

On April 1 , the VCU Alumni 
Association hosted the annual 
cook-out for new students 
accepted for Fall 1995 and their 
parents and friends. Guests 
enjoyed hot dogs and jazz by 
VCU music students at Now 
We're Cookin'. 

VCUAA also held spring 
receptions for 500 prospective 
students and their families in 
Fairfax. Norfolk and 
Fredericksburg. 



uating from the University of San 
Francisco Law School in 1992. 

Michael Dawson '89BS/H8cS 
married Kathryn Cables on August 
13 in Fredericksburg. Michael is an 
artist and design specialist for the 
Virginia Department of Transpor- 
tation. The couple live in 
Spotsylvania. 

Ann Dmeen '89MS/SW is 
director of foster care and admis- 
sion services at Family Advocacy 
Services of Virginia in Alexandria, 
VA. 

Robert Dufour '88MS/B is 
president of National Card Control 
Inc. in Richmond. 

Juli Dimcan '83BA/H8cS is 
senior copyeditor at Time- Life 
Books. Her second child, a 
daughter, was born May 14, 1994. 

Loretta Dunn '86MS/SW has a 
private practice as a clinical social 
worker in Falls Church, VA where 
she lives with her husband Alan. 
Their daughter Joy received a BFA 
degree from VCU in 1992. 

♦Douglas Earhart '86BA/H8tS 
was promoted to Major in the U.S. 
Army. Douglas and his wife 
Michelle, who recently completed 
her second year of nursing school at 
Georgia Baptist College, live in 
Adanta, GA with their two dogs and 
four cats. 

Caroline Eby '88BS/H8jS is a 
technical planner/coordinator for 
Stephenson Printing in Arlington, 
VA. She is also a founding member 
of the Craft Club of Northern 
Virginia. 

Kenneth Ender'73BS/B 
'88PhD/E was recently named an 
American Council on Education 
Fellow for 1994-95. The fellowship 
provides higher education profes- 
sionals the opportunity to study 
college/university administration 
viith a host institution for one year. 
Kenneth is associate vice president 
at Cleveland State University. 

♦Joyce Eisner-Leverenz 
'82BME/A '88MS/AH is a vocation- 
al coordinator at The Institute for 
Rehabilitation & Research in 
Houston, TX where she lives with 
her husband, Doug, loyce also plays 
the clarinet in two Houston com- 
munity bands. 

Trent Farr '89BS/H8tS is senior 
copywriter for Milici Valenti Ng 
Pack Advertising in Honolulu, HI. 

Robin Fisher '82BS/H8tS is 
currently working on her master of 
divinity degree at Eastern Seminary 
in Philadelphia. She and her 
husband, Rev. J. Timothy Fisher, 
live in Coatesville, PA. 

Dianna Flaherty '85BA/H8tS 
works at This End Up in Colonial 
Heights, VA. She is a member of the 



Daughters of the American 
Revolution and the Chester 
Business Association. 

Wes Freed '88BFA/A was 
featured in Style Weekly for his 
work as a designer at The Chicken's 
Roost in Richmond. 

Linda Fritsch '81MS/E is cor- 
porate compliance officer with First 
Bank & Trust in Abingdon, VA. 

♦Patrick Geary '84BS/B was 
named to the 1995-96 edition of 
Who's Who in the South and 
Southwest. Patrick is division head 
of the Office of Security for the 
Department of the Navy. 

Christine Fernandez 
'88BS/H8cS married lames Georgo 
in October. Christine is a teacher 
for Newport News Public Schools. 

♦James Gladden '89MS/H8tS is 
an aquatic ecology supervisor for 
Ett Environmental, Inc. in 
Greensville, SC. 

Susan Goetcheus '89BA/H8cS 
married Richard Marshall on 
October 15 in Newport News. The 
couple hves in Raleigh, NC. 

Robert Gogal '82BS/H8tS and 
his wife Nancy '82BS/AH had a son, 
Nicholas Alexander, on December 
27. 

Penelope Gretas '86BFA/A 
married Eugene Maurakis on 
November 19 in Norfolk. Penelope 
works for Virginia Beach General 
Hospital and Eugene is a staff scien- 
tist with the Science Museum of 
Virginia in Richmond, where they 
live. 

Linda Henderson '82BS/E 
married Franky Smith on December 
30 in Newport News. The couple 
live in Alabama. 

C. David Hudgins '82BS/B is 
director of economic development 
for Spotsylvania County. He and his 
wife Lori live in Fredericksburg with 
their daughter lennifer Lee. 

Nancy Israer79BS/SW 
'86MS/H&S is executive director of 
the Virginia State Apple Board. 

♦Tammy Jones '84BS/H8tS is a 
public affairs specialist for NASA in 
Washington. 

Jo Anne Jordan '80BS '82MS/B 
married Timothy Britt, October 15 
in Prince George, VA. lo Anne 
works for Computer Sciences 
Corporation, and Timothy owns 
T.L. Britt Carpentry in Petersburg, 
where they live. 

Edward Lachcik '86BS/H8(S 
married Kathleen Needham 
'87BS/D on October 22 in 
Spotsylvania County. Edward is vice 
president of Bangston's Fuel, and 
Kathleen works for Dr. David Pasco 
in Hampton Bays, VA where the 
couple live. 

R. Steven Landes '84BS/MC 
married Angela Hochmeister on 



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Tides of students. Sandra Parker '89BS/MCV and David Benson '89BS 

'91MS/MC field questions from prospective Tidewater students and families 
at a reception in Norfolk in March. Students heard about VCU from ahimni, 
faculty and staff. 



October 1 in Harrisonburg, VA. 
Steven is district director for U.S. 
Rep. Robert Goodlatte in Roanoke 
and Angela is an assistant common- 
wealth's attorney for Harrisonburg/ 
Rockingham County. 

James Laws Jr. '86MPA/H&S 
was named board executive of the 
Virginia Department of Education. 
He will be the liaison between the 
state superintendent and members 
of the Board of Education. 

Jesse S. Lennon III '87BS 
'88MBA/B is the principal broker 
and co-owner of Pioneer Realty in 
Richmond. 

Mindy Lovalvo '80BFA/A is a 
full-time mom to her three children 
Eric, Kara and Melanie in EUicott 
City, MD. 

Constance Mack '81BS/E is an 
elementary school principal with 
Hampton City Schools. 

Stephen Melton '87BS/B and 
his wife Lisa had their second son, 
Conner, in February. Stephen is 
enrolled in the Fast Track Executive 
MBA program at VCU, and is also 
manager of produce merchandising 
for Ukrops Supermarkets. 

Michael McOsker '80MS/MC 
married Elizabeth Knaus on 
October 8 in Virginia Beach. 
Michael is a commercial realtor 
with The Katsias Company, and 
Elizabeth is a department manager 
with Virginia Beach Federal Savings 
Bank. 

*Monique Mercer '87BA/H8cS 
is a research analyst in the research 
and development department at the 
American Public Welfare 
Association in Washington, D.C. 

Elizabeth Morford '88BFA/A 
married Aaron Schnore in March. 
Elizabeth is an assistant accountant 
for Elwood Thompson's Natural 
Market in Richmond. 

Anna Morgan '89BS/B married 
Franklin Chambers on October 22 
in Newport News. Anna is assistant 
supervisor for customer service at 
NationsBank, and Franklin is a 



chief petty officer in the U.S. Navy. 
The couple live in Newport News. 

*Paul Murman Jr. '89MS/B was 
appointed to the Technical Issues 
Committee, an advocacy arm of the 
Private Companies Practice Section 
of the American Institute of CPAs. 
Paul is a partner at Mitchell, 
Wiggins & Company in Richmond. 

♦Florence Muse '80BGS/CS is a 
teacher, lay evangelist, and weekly 
columnist for the Northern Neck 
News in Colonial Beach, VA. 

H. Carter Myers 111 '81MBA/B 
is president and CEO of Carter 
Myers & Associates in Chester. The 
70-year-old automotive company 
was started in 1924 by his grandfa- 
ther, H. Carter Myers Sr. 

Gerald Oster '81PhD/H8tS is 
author of newly released book. 
Helping Your Depressed Teenager: A 
Guide for Parents and Care Givers. 
Gerald teaches at the University of 
Maryland Medical School at 
Baltimore. 

John Payne '89PhD/E is 
interim pastor at Great Bridge 
Presbyterian Church in Chesapeake, 
VA. 

Robert Pinkerton '89MBA/B 
was recently appointed as deputy 
county manager for community 
operations for Henrico County. 
Robert is responsible for Henrico's 
public utilities, public works and 
recreation. 

Louis Poole '82BFA/A and Jane 
Timshle '88MFA/A were featured 
in The Voice newspaper for their 
painting and sculpture exhibits 
during October at the 1708 Gallery 
in Richmond. 

John Powell '80BFA/A married 
Erin Ratliff of Richmond in March. 
John is vice president and general 
manager of Image Impact 
Advertising. 

Stacy Queensberry '84BS/H8cS 
is a belt merchandiser with Liz 
Claiborne In New York City. Stacy 
previously worked as senior 
product manager for men's belts 



and accessories for Polo (Ralph 
Lauren). 

Marc Ramsey '85MFA/A is 
director of dramatic interpretation 
for The Valentine Museum in 
Richmond. 

Donna Reynolds '87BS/B is 
regional director of Piedmont Area 
American Lung Association of 
Virginia. 

Virginias Rosson '81BS/B was 
named vice president at The Federal 
Reserve Bank of Richmond in 
January. 

Margaret (Peg) Ruggiero 
'76MS/E ■87MS/SW conducted 
statewide training on "The Needs of 
Children with Incarcerated 
Parents." Peg is program coordina- 
tor of the Prison Visitation Project 
in Richmond. 

Loretta Sanderson '81 BS/HStS 
is a junior accountant in the corpo- 
rate accounting department at 
Southern States. Loretta is enrolled 
in VCU's post-baccalaureate certifi- 
cate program in accounting. 

Jane Santos '84BS/H8£S is a 
banking officer and branch 
manager at Fleet Bank of 
Massachusetts. 

Dywana Saunders '8 1 BFAyA 
married William Confroy Ir. on 
October 23 in Richmond. Alumni 
in the wedding party were 
Augustine Saunders Allen 
'74BS/N, Lois B. Hunnicutt 
'81BA/H8(S, Sally Confroy Gehl 
'89MS/AH(G), Teresa Roane 
'88BA/H8(S, Wirt Confroy 
'92BA/A, and Lucien Roberts III 
'87MS/AH (HA). Both Dywana and 
William work at Boatwright 
Memorial Library at the University 
of Richmond. 

Theresa Shibley-Owen 
'88BS/B is a member of Goodman 
& Company, L.L.P., a certified 
public accounting firm in Newport 
News. 

*Kermit Skinner Jr. '88BS/H8(S 
is town manager for the Town of 
Manteo, NC. Kermit was accepted 
into the American Institute of 
Certified Planners on luly 1. He 
lives in Kill Devil Hills, NC. 

J. Boyd Spencer '82MS/E was 
recently elected vice president of 
Church Schools in the Diocese of 
Virginia. Boyd is also a lieutenant 
colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve. 
He and his wife Lois have three 
children, two of whom will 
graduate this summer from VCU. 

Karla Stone '89BS/B married 
Brian Couch on September 17 in 
Richmond. Karla ovms ASC 
Accounting Services in Richmond, 
where the couple lives. 

Cathy Taylor '89MBA/B was 
promoted to director of environ- 




VCU Doer 

Carol McCoy '79Cert/B 

Doing: In July 1988, McCoy was 
made a partner in KPMG Peat 
Marwick's U.S. 
firm. McCoy 
became one the 
of the first two 
women part- 
ners in a Rich- 
mond big eight 
office, and the 
first School of 
Business alum- 
na to be a partner in a national 
accounting firm. At Peat 
Marwick, her specialty is tax 
services. 

Honors Coimcil member 
since 1989 and its chairwoman 
since 1991, she has seen a new 
director installed, enrollment 
triple and private funding 
increase. The committee has 
raised $50,000 a ) ear for the past 
three years, much of it for schol- 
arships. Also served on the VCU 
Alumni Association Board and 
serves on the Accomiting 
Advisory Council. 

Quote: "The Honors Program 
adds to VCU's prestige, attracting 
exxellent students and helping 
them feel at home in such a large, 
diverse university. And I'm really 
impres.sed with VCU's focus on 
serving the people in the 
Rjchmond area. When I look at 
UVa, Virginia Tech or William 
and Mary, I don't see them 
iti vmg the cominunity. " 



|V1D BENSON '91BS 
IMS/MC 




mental services at Reynolds Metals 
in Richmond. 

James Taylor III '87BGS/CS is 
corporate security manager at 
Reynolds Metals in Richmond. 

Bruce Thomas '88BS/B was 
promoted to vice president and 
cashier at the Bank of Essex. 

Greg Turner '87BS/H8(S 
received a master's degree in geog- 
raphy ft'om Hunter College and 
taught physical geography lab 
classes there. Greg is pursuing a 
second master's degree in science 
education at Teachers College, 
Columbia University. 



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SUMMER 1995 



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Ann Cottrell Free 

BY JEAN HUETS 'SOBA/H&S 




"I'd like to make people more aware of the circle ot life, that we're one 
body." The circle of Ann Cottrell Free's own life testifies to her conviction. 
She is a journalist and advocate, whose path circles the world and encom- 
passes all its creatures. 

Although happy with the accomphshments of an eager and adventurous 
life, Free is modest about herself in an almost prickly way. She speaks more 
of those who inspired her, starting vtdth her teachers at the Richmond 
Division of William and Mary (later RPl and VCU) in 1934-36. "I can't think of a better faculty," she says. Her 
French teacher, Margaret Johnson, "had an enormous influence on me." Free finished her degree at Barnard, 
Johnson's alma mater, although she says now, "I think 1 got a better education at William and Mary in 
Richmond." She mentions drama teacher Alice Jorg and English teachers Dr. Samuel McCoy and his 
wife Doris McCoy, who "pounded the writing into me." In 1936, sophomore Ann Cottrell won 
third place in the international Pan-Flellenic essay contest on "Why I Should See New York." 
They gave her New York, and she took the world. 

Free began her career at the Richmond Times-Dispatch. An early assignment was an 
interview with contralto Marian Anderson just after her historic concert from the steps of 
the Lincoln Memorial in 1939. Managers of Constitution Hall had refused to let 
Anderson sing there because she was black. 

Free was the first full-time woman Washington correspondent for the New York 
Herald Tribune, Newsweek and the Chicago Sun. She didn't languish politely on the 
women's pages, either. Of her job at the Herald Tribune, she says nonchalantly, "I thought 
they ought to have a woman correspondent in Washington." 

Free reported on the Roosevelt administration — and the nme administrations that 
followed. She covered all aspects of World War II and the post-war years. She chaired 
Eleanor Roosevelt's press conference association. She was at the White House when Truman 
was sworn in. When F.D.R. died in 1945, she says, "It seemed the light went out in Washington." 

Covering Washington meant covering the world, and Free followed the stories. She interviewed 
Mrs. Roosevelt in Geneva while the Declaration of Human Rights was framed by the United Nations. She < 

reported from Europe on post-war conditions and the effects of the Marshall Plan. As a special U.N. correspon- ; 
dent in China in 1946, she covered the war's devastation, focusing on the Chinese government's diversion of relief , 
food from famine victims. 

Free saw first-hand the break up of Chiang Kai-shek's China and saw the early stages of war in Indo-China. ; 
(She warned then that the United States should never get involved in the conflict that later blew up into the ' 

Vietnam War.) Free was in Israel at the birth of the modern Hebrew nation. She attended Ghandi's prayer ; 

meetings and saw Britain's Lord Mountbatten pass the rule of India to Prime Minister Nehru. 

When Free finally returned home, she continued her career, covering the White House, Joe McCarthy and 
"red-baiting," the civil rights movement, the environment and animal protection issues. She also married her col- 
league, James Free, whom she had met in Richmond when they both worked at the Times-Dispatch. Their 
daughter Elissa has followed her parents into news but updated the medium; she is a producer at CNN. 

Free's mother, Emily Blake Cottrell, was the inspiration for what she considers the most meaningful activity of 
her professional life — advocacy for environmental and animal protection. "My mother worked at the SPCA in 
Richmond for novehst Ellen Glasgow, who was SPCA president then. I always had an intense interest in animals." 

Free was a pioneer in covering and promoting animal protection in the 1960s when no federal animal protec- 
tion laws existed. Her work calling for humane treatment of laboratory animals earned her the Albert Schweitzer 
Medal in 1963, an honor she cherishes. Her novel on the wild horses of Mongolia, Forever the Wild Mare, won 
several prizes, and her book. Animals, Nature and Albert Schweitzer, has gone through many printings. These 
works and her volume of poetry. No Room Save in the Heart, are about nature and animals, wild and captive, their 
beauty and the horror of human cruelty toward them. Free's love of animals guides her personal life as well; she 
has been a vegetarian for over 20 years. 

A natural friendship between two wTiter-environmentalists led to another award, and a victory for the envi- 
ronment. Free and Rachel Carson, author o( Silent Spring, were friends. Five years after Carson's death, Free wrote 
an article about her in Tliis Week magazine and suggested that a wildlife refuge be named for her friend. The over- 
whelming public response led to the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge in Maine, the first to be named after 
a woman. For this and other writing about Carson, Free received the Rachel Carson Legacy Award in 1987. 

Women as role models and leaders are a theme of her life. Margaret Johnson, Marian Anderson, Eleanor 
Roosevelt, Rachel Carson, her own mother. In spite of their success and her own, Free doesn't deny the discrimi- 
nation women face. "Women still get a rotten deal," she says bluntly. "You have to speak up for yourself." 

Ann CottreO Free's enduring voice speaks from her compassionate sense of the world beyond herself "I've 
tried to use my life in a meaningful way," she says. "If you are blessed with relatively good health, as I have been, 
and a good education — and cursed with empathy, which is also a blessing — then you can put them to work 
helping others." 

"I would like to have done more," she adds. She will. A writer never retires. Free continues to live her cause 
and to help others in the circle of life — two-legged, four-legged, finned or furred. 

JEAN HUETS IS A GRAPHIC ARTIST, WRITER AND EDITOR IN RICHMOND 



Vera Twiggs-Underwood 
'83MAyA is coordinator for 
Richmond's Black History Museum 
and Cultural Center of Virginia. 
Vera and her husband Reginald live 
in Caroline County with their two 
sons Reginald U and Cory. 

Lee Ustinich '85MS/AH(RC) 
author of Relationship Violence: 
New Hope For Change ( 1986), is 
substance abuse women's services 
manager for District 19 

Community Services Board 
in Petersburg. Lee's 
daughter Stephanie is an 
undergraduate interior 
design major at VCU. 
Wolfgang 
Vondergruen 
'83PhD/H8cS has a 
private psychothera- 
py practice in 
Munich, Germany. 
Wolfgang is also a 
lecturer for the 
University of Maryland: 
European Division. 
Patti Watkinson 
'81BS/MC is the branch 
manager at Walter Cecil Rawls 
Library in Courtland, VA. Patti also 
started a support group for mothers 
with young children called Mom to 
Mom. 

Steven Watson '87BS/B 
married Deborah Farmer, August 7 
in the University of Virginia Chapel 
in Charlottesville. The couple live in 
Waynesboro, VA. 

Audrey Weber '81BS/H8tS is in 
Germany with the U.S. Navy 
working with the Defense 
Reutilization and Marketing 
Organization. Audrey was previous- 
ly director of laboratory services 
with the Virginia Water Control 
Board. 

Denita Wickham "83MS/SW is 
president and CEO at Clinical 
Alternatives, P.C. in Richmond. 
Carole Wiberg'87BS/H&S 
completed her master's degree in 
business administration from the 
University of Richmond. Carole is 
also a recipient of the 1994-95 
Who's Who Worldwide of Business 
Leaders Award. She and her 
husband John live in Colonial 
Heights, VA. 

Sherry Wood '89BS/H8iS 
married Curtis Brooks on October 
29 in Lynchburg, VA. Sherry is a 
student support specialist with 
Lynchburg City Schools, and Curtis 
works for First Brands Corporation. 
The couple live in Goode, VA. 

*Bret Wright '80BS/MC is vice 
president of production at lack 
Morton Productions in San 
Francisco. 



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28 



1 990s 

Maquita Alexander 
'94MS/H&S is a first grade teacher 
at Cheyney Elementary in 
Alexandria, VA. 

Elizabeth Andrzejek-Taylor 
'94MS/H&S had her first child on 
August 9. 

Laura Anouilh '92BS/B 
married Richard Gilbert in 
Martinsville, VA. Laura works at the 
Richmond Orthopedic Clinic. 

Karl Arrington '78BA '86MS 
'93PhD/H&S is a research scientist 
at M.I.T. and vice president of 
Vispertek Corporation. 

♦Kimberly Atkinson '94BFA/A 
married Jeffrey Friedhoff on 
September 17. Kimberly is a dance 
instructor and choreographer at 
Teresa's School of Dance in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Elizabeth Bauserman '93MS/E 
married Glenn Poskocil on June 25, 
1994 in Winchester, VA. Elizabeth 
is a first grade teacher at Montrose 
Elementary in Henrico County. 

Anne Belton '94BA/H&S is a 
claims analyst at Health Care 
Savings in Charlotte, NC. 

Francie Belton '93BS/H&S is a 
first-year law student at the 
University of Toledo College of Law 
in Ohio. 

Caryn Bishop '9 IBFA/A 
married Mark Persinger on 
September 17. Caryn is a ft-eelance 
graphic designer in Richmond. 

'Lisa Blevins '94BS/H&S and 
Brian Gwaltney plan to marry on 
June 24. Lisa is a kindergarten 
teacher at Enon Elementary in 
Chesterfield. 

Daiva Bobelis '94PhD/H&S is a 
scientific writer for Wyeth-Ayerst 
Research in Philadelphia. 

*Jason Bonardi '94BS/MC is a 
marketing and communications 
assistant for the American Heart 
Association in Glen Allen, VA. 
Jason is currently writing a book. 
University Greed. 

Sherri Bouchard '91BA/H&S 
had a daughter, Alexis Teal, on 
August 8. Sherri is owner of Little 
Ex-plorers Child Development 
Center in Hopewell, VA. 

Diana Bren '94BS/H8£S 
married Dane Magoon on August 6 
in Richmond. Diana works at 
Dejour Restaurant & Caterers in 
Richmond, where the couple lives. 

Andrew Brosnan '94MA/H8(S 
is working in a Bay-area food distri- 
bution program through VISTA in 
San Francisco, CA. 

Brian Bullock '83BS/P 
'90MBA/B is vice president at 
HCPP, Inc., a prescription benefit 
management service in Carrollton, 
TX. 



Marna Bunger '92MS/MC is a 

public relations and promotions 
manager at BrandermiE Woods, a 
retirement community in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Marcella Burton '91BA/H8£S is 
coordinator of research and records 
in the Office of Development at 
Virginia Wesleyan College. 

Sherry Callear '93BS/H8cS and 
her husband |im had a daughter on 
April 1. The couple lives in Chester. 

Robert Canaday II '94MS/E 
and Tracy Osborne of Middletown, 
MD married in May. 

Matthew Chalkley '92BA/H8cS 
recendy reported for duty with 3rd 
Battalion, 12th Marines, 3rd Marine 
Division in Camp Butler, Japan. 

Kristina Chapman '92BFA/A is 
an art teacher at James River High 
School in Chesterfield. 

Kimberly Christiana 
'94BS/H8(S is currently pursuing a 
master's degree in occupational 
therapy at Texas Women's 
University. Kimberly looks forward 
to opening a practice in Richmond. 

Rees Chapman '87MS 
'91PhD/H8!S is in private practice 
in clinical and neuro- 
psychology in Gainesville, GA. Rees 
is currently writing a novel. 

•Cindy Chariton '94MS/H&S is 
a Project Y.E.S. teacher and junior 
class sponsor with Fluvanna County 
School Systems. 

NataUe Clevinger 
'94MURP/H&S joined the USDA 
AmeriCorps to work as a geograph- 
ic information system specialist for 
the Tidewater Resource 
Conservation and Development 
Council. 

Douglas Cogar '90BS/H8jS 
married Melanie Anderson on 
September 25 in Las Vegas, NV. 
The couple live in Greenville, VA. 

Wirt ConfToy'92BAyA was 
promoted to production and 
administrative assistant at Martin 
PubUc Relations in Richmond. 

Linda Cooper '92BS/H8cS 
married George Toney, Jr. on 
October 22 in GJen Allen, VA. 
Linda works for Henrico County 
Police. 

Margaret Cosby '9 1 BA/H&S 
and Richard Holden '92BS/B 
married October 15 in Richmond. 
Margaret works at the law firm of 
Wright, Robinson, McCammon, 
Osthimer 8( Tatum, and Richard 
works for Sterile Concepts of 
Richmond. 

Penny Critzer '90MS/SW is a 
licensed clinical social worker at the 
James Madison Shenandoah Child 
Development Clinic in 
Harrisonburg, VA. Penny is also in 
private practice as a therapist with 
Kuley, Ryan and Associates in 



Staunton, VA. She lives in Waynes- 
boro, VA with her husband Dave. 

Joyce Crown '93BFAyA is an art 
teacher with Essex County Public 
Schools. As an artist, Joyce has dis- 
played and sold her work in many 
Richmond galleries and art spaces. 

♦Donald Cumfer '91MBAyB 
was awarded U.S. Patent #5,317,960 
for a novel bread toaster. It keeps 
muffins, bagels and home-made 
bread from jamming the toaster lift 
mechanism. Donald says it works 
just great! He and his wife Wincy 
live in Cookeville, TN. 

■^P. Scott Cumow '94BS/MC is 
"Mr. Mom" for his two children, 
Kaitlyn and Alex. Scott works part- 
time for UPS. 

Irma D'Amato '93MS/SW 
married Andrew Hinkle on 
September 10 in Norfolk. Irma is 
director of education for the 
Tidewater AIDS Crisis Taskforce. 
The couple lives in Virginia Beach. 

R. Bryan David '90MURP/H8cS 
is a county planner in Smithfield, 
VA. Bryan was featured in TJtc 
Times newspaper for spending a 
week teaching students at 
Smithfield Middle School about city 
planning. 

Bevill Dean '91BGS/CS was 
named clerk of the court for the 
City of Richmond in November. 

•Marc Delaney '92BA/H8(S is a 
free-lance journalist in Florence, 
MA. 

John Donnelly '94BA/H&S is 
pursuing a master's degree in 
history at VCU. 

WiUiam Durham '94BS/H8(S 
married Virginia Wright on May 21 
in Hagerstown, MD. Wilham works 
at Alex, Brown, and Sons in 
Baltimore where the couple lives. 

MikeEckler'93BA/H&Sisa 
store support analyst with Ukrop's 
Supermarkets in Richmond. 

Ann Erwin '79BS '91MS/SW is 
director of marketing and develop- 
ment for a rural hospital in South 
Central Texas. 

Mette Faigle '92BFAyA relocat- 
ed to Cambridge, England with her 
husband Chris. Mette is assistant 
manager at Troon, a women's 
boutique. 

MicheUe Farris '93BS/H&S 
teaches first grade at New Kent 
Primary School in Prince George, 
VA. 

Joseph FiUppi '91 BS/H8(S 
graduated from the U.S. Border 
Patrol Academy on June 13 in 
Glynco, GA. 

■*Sean Fitzgerald '93BS/MC is 
assistant operations manager at 
Jani-King in Vienna. 

■^Thomas Gainer '94BFA/A and 
•Sherry Pittman '94BFAyA were 
married September 5 at Deep Run 



Park in Glen Allen, VA. The 
wedding music was performed by 
flutist Michelle Alligood who grad- 
uated from VCU this May. Thomas 
is a 2nd lieutenant in the Army 
National Guard, and recendy 
finished the officer's basic course at 
Ft. Leonard Wood, MO. 

Craig Gittehnan '93BS/B 
married Margaret Haywood 
'94BAyH8;S on October 8 at The 
Blair House in Richmond. 

Kalpana Gowda '90MS 
'94PhD/H8cS is a individual, group 
and family therapist at the Bon Air 
Juvenile Correctional Center. 

Ralph Griffin III '90C 
'92MURP/H8!S married Karen 
Karrasch on October 8 in Salem, 
VA. 

Martha Haley •94MS/SW 
married Paul Bowling on 
September 10 in the Vaughn Chapel 
of Ferrum College. Martha is 
employed with Hospice of Franklin 
County. The couple lives in Rocky 
Mount, VA. 

Matthew Halphen '91BS/B 
married Sherry Witmer '91 BS/B on 
October 22 at Maymont Park in 
Richmond. Matthew works at the 
Department of Treasury, and 
Sherry is an advertising representa- 
tive. The couple lives in Texas. 

Kevin Hansen '93BS/H8;S 
married Kimberely Fitzgerald on 
December 10 in Roseland, VA. 
Kevin works for Commworld 
Central Virginia and is a sergeant in 
the Marine Corps Reserves. The 
couple lives in Madison Heights, 
VA. 

■^Linda Headley-Peay 
'94BS/MC is an account assistant at 
SiddaU, Matus & Coughter in 
Richmond. 

Christopher Hite '93BM/M 
married Barbara LaRue '91BA 
'93MAyH8(S on July 16 in 
Richmond. Christopher is in the 
Fort Lee Army Band, and Barbara 
works in the systems maintenance 
department of Noland Co. 

•Frances Honsharuk 
'77BAyH8£S '91MS/SW is a licensed 
clinical social worker for Mental 
Health Services, Inc. in Butte, MT. 
Frances plays cowboy polo for her 
hometown team and is their only 
female rider. She had a bit part in 
the movie Return to Lonesome Dove. 

Catherine Home '91BS/H8tS 
married Paul Tartabini on 
September 3 in Newport News, 
where they live. 

•Dini Howell '94BA/H8(S is an 
elementary school teacher at Bundle 
of Joy Day Care in Richmond. 

♦Jennifer Hubbard '94BS/H&S 
is a security speciahst for Central 
Fidelitv Bank in Richmond. 



29 



SUMMER 1995 



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Want to try some of the tantalizing classes you had to pass up, 
pursuing a single degree' Time travel to the Civil War. bay watch on 
the Chesapeake, study photography, or Mozart, or religions of the 
vi/orld. You might even marry. Pete Day and Elise Crate did. after 
meeting in a course. These are college-level liberal arts and science 
courses — but no tests, no grades, and no prerequisites. A typical 
week includes three academic courses meeting one and a half hours 
a day, some extracurricular activities, and inexpensive dormitory 
accommodations, 

VCU sponsors ELDERHOSTEL courses from February to 
November at Richmond, Hampton, and Natural Bridge. For a national 
catalog and registration form, contact ELDERHOSTEL, 75 Federal 
Street, Boston, MA 021 1 0; (61 7) 426-8056. Or call Debbie Snyder at 
VCU (804)828-1525. 



yOUi[RHOSIEL 

VCU's Summer Discovery Program 
will again offer one-week courses to 
middle-schoolers — our youngerhos- 
tel. They can explore drawing, com- 
puter art, the Civil War, mystery 
solving, aquatic ecology and other 
topics. They'll learn something, have 
fun, and finish a hot Richmond day 
with a dip in the pool. June 19-July 
28, full-day program. For a brochure, 
call (804) 828-1831. 



DOUG BUERLEIN 




Robui Humphrey '93BS/E 

married Lane Pritchard on October 
1 in Hopewell, VA, where they hve. 
Robin is a recreation therapist at 
Central State Hospital. 

James Humphreys '94BM/A 
married Luisa Nazzaro '93BFA/A 
on December 10 in Richmond, 
lames is pursuing a second degree 
in MIDI synthesis and film scoring 
at Berklee College of Music in 
Boston, where the couple lives. 

Kimberly Hurley '91BS/H&S 
received a Master of Science in 
Education from Old Dominion 
University in May, 1994, and 
married Stephen Costello in 
October. Kimberly is a seventh- 
grade guidance counselor at 
Huntington Middle School in 
Newport News. 



RandaU James '91BS/H&S is a 

building inspector in the Code 
Enforcement Division of the City of 
Richmond. 

Larry Jeffries '87BS '90MBA/B 
is a residential real estate specialist 
for Coldwell Banker Good & Co. in 
Mechanicsville, VA. 

Anthony Johnson '90BAyH&S 
recently won the Bureau of 
National Affairs Award for scholar- 
ship performance during final year 
of law school. Anthony wiU take the 
Georgia Bar Exam in luly. 

Walter Kelley '91BS/B married 
Kimberly Kramp on October 15 in 
Charlotte N.C. Walter is a systems 
analyst at Performance Contracting 
Group. 

Kathleen Kennedy '90BS/H&S 
and Vincent Curtis '90BA/H&S 
were engaged November 4. They 



plan a September 2 wedding in Falls 
Church, VA. 

Tammy Kirby '84BFAyA 
'94MS/AH was featured in the 
Richmond Times-Dispatch for her 
overnight radio talk show on 
WRVA. 

Adam Kohlhepp '94MA/H&S is 
currently working on a doctorate in 
English literature and teaching 
composition at University of Texas, 
Austin. 

Stephanie Kolhnan '93BS/H&S 
married Ronald Ezell on September 
24 in Colonial Heights, VA. 
Stephanie works at Colonial 
Heights luvenile Probation and 
Poplar Springs Hospital. 

Stephen LaPrade '90BS/H&S 
married Crista Lembeck in 
Martinsville, VA. Stephen works for 
the Henrico County Police 
Department. 

Nadine Laughter '89BA 
'91MA/H&S is an English instruc- 
tor at I. Sargeant Reynolds 
Community College in Richmond. 

Emily Lawson '92BS/B married 
Erik Nelson in Martinsville, VA. 
The couple lives in Springfield, VA. 

*Demris Lee '90BS/H&S works 
at the Armed Forces DNA 
Identification Lab in Rockville, MD. 

John Lee '82BS '94MS/MC is an 
assignment editor for WTVR-TV in 
Richmond. 

Amy Luckeydoo '93BS/H8tS 
recently completed Officer 
Indoctrination School in Newport, 
Rl. 

J. Reedy Marsicano '91MBAyB 
is president of American Exporting 
Corporation, a full service export 
management company in 
Richmond. 

*Debra MarshaU '93BFA/A is a 
freelance illustrator in Richmond. 
Debra is currently writing and illus- 
trating a children's book. 

Antonia Mastracco '93BS/H8CS 
married lason Cook on December 
10 in Ashland, VA. where they live. 

Scott Maurer '93BA/H&S is 
currently working on a master's 
degree in security policy at George 
Washington University's Elliott 



School of International Affairs in 
Washington. Scott lives in 
Fredericksburg with his wife lulie. 

•Wanda McGee '94BS/H8(S 
serves on the Virginia Recycling 
Markets Development Council. 
Wanda is president of Animal 
Adoption and Rescue Foundation. 

Armando Mesina '92BM/A 
married Sheila Tomaneng on 
August 6 in Virginia Beach. The 
couple lives in Centreville, VA. 

•KimMeyer'91BS/Eisa 
teacher assistant for Suffolk City 
Schools. Kim is also a tutor for two 
agencies: A Plus Tutoring in 
Virginia Beach and Tidewater 
Tutoring in Norfolk. She and her 
husband Lawrence '89BS/E, who is 
also a teacher assistant, live in 
Suffolk, VA. 

ToddMinga'92BS/H8tS 
married Alexandra Sobol on 
December 3 1 in Smithfield, VA. 
Todd attends Marshall University 
School of Medicine in Huntington, 
WV. 

ICimberly Morrow '94BA/H8tS 
married Eric DiLandro on October 
1 in Middleburg, VA. Kimberly 
works for Suffolk Forest Products. 

Desiree Moser '91BS/H8(S is a 
physical therapist in Southern 
Texas. Desiree received an MS 
degree in 1993 for physical therapy 
from Washington University School 
of Medicine in St. Louis. 

T. Jack Mkwamba 
'93MPA/H8£S is principal secretary 
at the Office of President & Cabinet 
in Lilongwe, Malawi. 

Georgeanna Neal '92MED/E 
married David Poling on October 
30 in Newport News. The couple 
lives in Richmond. 

Edward O'Beirne '92BS/H&S is 
pursing a master's of health science 
at Duke University. 

Chioma Onyekwere 
'91BS/H8tS received a master's 
degree in public policy from the 
University of Chicago in June. 
Chimoa is senior technical writer 
for Automatic Data Processing. She 
lives in Jersey City, NJ. 




Dick Ledford '58BFA/A and his wife Dixie 
(left) meet VCU Ahimnt Association Immediate 
Past President Peggy Adams '87BGS/NTS and 
her husband Ernest Evans. 



Student JuUe Jones poses with her dad, 
Irvin Barton Jones JII '70AS/Engineer- 
ing Technology and Robert Giles. 



Susan Bickerstaff'93BS/ 
H&S '94MEd/E catches up 
with Charles Craven Jr. 
'92BS/H&S. 



Event hostJoAnne Bosher '69BS/E 

at left, shares a moment with Jane 
Hankley '75BS '93MEd/E and her 
husband Tilden Hankley. 



SHAFER COURT CONNECTIONS 



30 



Christopher Palumbo 
'94BS/H&S recently completed U.S. 
Navy basic training at Recruit 
Training Command in Great Lakes, 
III. 

EUzabeth Payne '93BS/H&S 
married Mikael Giese '94BS/H&S 
on October 22 in Richmond, where 
they live. 

Melanie Pecht '94BS/H&S 
married Ronald Welch Ir. on 
September 24 in Prince George, VA. 
Melanie works for System 
Resources Corporation. The couple 
live in Surry, VA. 

Helen Partyka Peregonov 
'91BS/B married Keith 1. Peregonov 
on October 29, 1993 in EUicott City, 
MD. The couple lives in Columbia, 
MD. 

Janet Pierson '89MS/A is a 
teacher/special programs coordina- 
tor with Richmond County Schools. 

Audrey Pitonyak '91BFA/A 
married lohn Lockett on November 
12 in Newport News. Audrey is a 
graphic artist with ABS 
Communications in Richmond, 
where the couple lives. 

Jeffrey Plummer '93BA/H&S is 
pursuing a master's ot divinit)' 
degree from Lutheran Theological 
Seminary in Gettysburg, PA. 

M. Douglas Powell 
'92MPA/H&S recently accepted a 
position with the James City 
County government as assistant 
manager of community services for 
the Tidewater area. Douglas was 
previously count)' administrator for 
Nelson County. 

Leonard Price '92BGS/CS 
received a master's degree in 
business administration from 
Averett CoUege in December. 

William Reagan '93BS/H&S 
married Amanda K. McGuire on 
September 3 in Charlottes\ille. 
The couple lives in Millboro, VA. 

Laura Reed '94MS/E married 
Chris Brown on December 3 in 
Richmond. Laura works at 
Quantum Resources in Richmond, 
where the couple lives. 

Dean Reid '93BA/H&S is 
pursuing a master's degree in public 




Event host William C. Bosher Jr. 
'70MEd/E greets alumni as they enter 
the reception. 



policy at Penn State University. 

Glori Reuter '94BS/H&S is 
pursuing a master's degree in reha- 
bilitation counseling at VCU. Glori 
is a behavioral counselor for 
children and adolescents with brain 
injuries at Cumberland Hospital. 

Sheri Reynolds '92MFA/H&S 
was featured in Style Weekly for her 
new novel, Bitterroot Landing. 

Alicia Rivers '91BFA/A married 
Vincent White on September 17 
in Petersburg. Alicia is an area 
manager at Marshalls in Richmond, 
where the couple lives. 

♦Brian Roberts '88BS/B '91C/A 
is an internal auditor at Centex 
Corporation in Dallas, TX. Brian 
and his wife Nadine live in Euless, 
TX. 

'Courtney Robison 
'93MS/H&S is pursuing a doctorate 
in sociology at Penn State 
LIniversity. 

Pamela Rogers '92BFA/A 
married Todd Thompson on 
November 26 in Hampton. Pamela 
is an elementary art teacher for Falls 
Church City Schools. 

Bettina SchoUer '90BS/B 
married Wilbur Roda III on 
November 30 in Montego Bay, 
Jamaica. Bettina works at the 
Teamsters loint Council No. 83 of 
Virginia. The couple lives in 
Midlothian, VA. 

Ray Schwartz '92BFA/A is a 
dancer with The Governor's School 
for the Arts Department of Dance. 
Ray recently performed with the 
group in January during their 
winter dance concert in Norfolk. 

»Lori Selph '94BS/H8(S 
married Christopher Brewster 
'91BS/B on November 5 in 
Richmond. Lori is a special educa- 
tion teacher, and Christopher is a 
lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps 
stationed in San Diego, CA. 

Jay Sharpe '90BFA/A presented 
a benefit cultural arts and fashion 
show in Richmond which show- 
cased his original jewelry designs. 
Jay's work has been featured in fine 
jewelry stores and galleries like 



SM THE PRESSES! 

On May 2, nearly 300 alumni, 
guests and friends of VCU 
attended the third in a series of 
"Neighborhood Alumni Recep- 
tions" held at the Richmond 
Newspapers Hanover Production 
Facility in Mechanicsville. In 
addition to the reception, guests 
were treated to tours of the 
facility. 



PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANDY JONES 



Henry Bendel's in New York and 
Cudahy's in Richmond. 

Sharon Shrader '91MBA/B 
married lohn Harrison on 
September 10 in Fredericksburg. 
The couple lives in Pulaski, VA. 

D'Jaris Smith '91BS/H8CS 
married Shawn Glast on September 
10 in Newport News. D'laris is a 
former Head Start teacher, and she 
will teach in the Raleigh Public 
School System. 

Melissa Smith '93BS/B married 
John Agee on December 17 in 
Louisa, VA. The couple lives in 
Harrisonburg, VA. 

■'Mary Socha '90BS/H8iS is a 
research chemist at Albright & 
Wilson Americas in Ashland, VA. 
She has remarried and lives with her 
husband Brian and her two sons in 
Mechanics\'ille, VA. 

Monica Streat '93BS/H&S is 
attending nursing school at John 
Tyler Community College and 
hopes to pursue a career in psychi- 
atric or community nursing. She 
lives in Richmond with her I -year- 
old daughter. 

Richard Styll IV '92BS/B 
married Susan DaNis on October 29 
in Newport News. Richard is a 
computer programmer/analysts for 
AT&T in Herndon, VA. The couple 
lives in Sterling, VA. 

♦Teresa Sublette '93BS/H8(S is 
a laborator}' technician for the town 
of Manteo, NC. 

♦Adam Sutor '92BGS/CS is a 
specialist in the LI.S. Army stationed 
at Fort Irvnn in California. His wife 
♦Carol '89BS/H&S completed a 
master's degree in art therapy from 
George Washington University in 
1993. She is practicing art therapy 
in a psychiatric hospital. The couple 
lives in Barstow, CA. 

♦Brian Thomasson '94BA/H&S 
was awarded a $5,000 Dean's Merit 
Scholarship to the University of 
Dayton School of Law for the 
1994-95 year. 

Matthew Tucker '92BAyH8cS is 
a customer service supervisor at 
GRTC in Richmond. 

Jeimifer WaUace '93MS/SW 
married Robert Hurt in Abingdon, 
VA. lennifer is a home/school coor- 
dinator for Bristol Virginia Public 
Schools. 

Eleanor Ward '90BS/MC is 
advertising manager of Virgitiia 
Lawyer Magazine at the Virginia 
State Bar Publications Department. 
Eleanor married her husband 
Wesley on May 14. 

Erin Webster '93MA/H&S 
married Harry W. Garrett 111 on 
August 20 in Roanoke. Erin is 
pursuing a doctorate at the 
University of Denver. The couple 
lives in Englewood, CO. 



EKIERNS COIECI 

During spring break in March, 
alumni invited students to expe- 
rience their businesses and pro- 
fessions. Enthusiasm ran high 
on both sides at the end of the 
week. 



"Please allow me to tip my hat 
to the people who came up 
with this excellent idea, I only 
wish It had been available to 
me " 

— Howard Taylor '78BS/ 
H&S Virginia Department of 
Probation and Parole. 

"I have a greater understanding 
of real clientele, project briefs, 
deadlines and final output and 
felt an integral part of the 
graphic design team." 
— Senior psychology major Ailsa 
Long externed with Gerald 
Wadsworth at Earl Palmer 
Brown Public Relations, where 
she IS now working part-time. 

"Dana's energy and enthusiasm 
for the field was infectious' " 
Karen Rice '87MSW/SW 

Hanover Community Services, 
who worked with junior psy- 
chology major Dana Sanders. 

"I learned more than I thought 
possible in a week." 
— Junior finance major Donna 
Newton externed with Cindy 
Gettsy '82BS/B at Crestar 
Securities Corporation. 

"We love to teach, and 
everyone was involved in 
teaching Roy how a dental 
practice is operated." 
— Dr. Michael McMunn 
'77DDS/D Michael A. McMunn, 
DDS and Associates, who 
worked with junior biology 
major Roy Caster. 

"Although it is only for a week, 
students can get a feel for the 
environment of a business and 
their career." 

— Junior accounting major Rajiv 
Malik externed with Tracy Pace 
'92BS/MC at the Smithsonian 
Institution, 



31 



SUMMER 1995 




Lace up your VCU athletic shoes 
and get out there! Fresh air and 
exercise are part of the benefits of 
Alumni Association membership 
Use university sports facilities for 
$25 less than the yearly 

Recreational Sports Alumni Membership; call the VCU Campus Gym 

at (804) 828-6219. Rent equipment from the 

Outing Rental Center, and join Outdoor 

Adventure trips in fall, spring and summer, 

fall and spring. Call the Outing Center M&Th 

12-6 or T&F 12-4 at (804) 828-6004. 

Summer 1995 Trips 

June 17-18 Rock Climbing Clinic 

June 24 Day Caving Trip 

Julys Rock Climbing Trip 

July 15 Sea Kayaking 

July 15-23 Maine Trip 

July 28-30 Whitewater Rafting on the 

Youghiogheny River 

Augusts Day Hike 

August 12 Canoe the James 

Call early. Trips fill up, and there are mandatory pre-trip meetings. 




Searme Webster-Davis 
'94BA/H&S teaches Spanish at the 
Governor's School at Thomas 
Jefferson High School. 

Karen White '94MFAyA is an 
assistant professor at the University 
of Hawaii at Manou. 

Donna Whiting '93BFA/A 
married Frank Brown on 
September 17 in Portsmouth. 
Donna is a graphic ciesigner at 
Group III Communications Inc. in 
Norfolk. 

*Dana Whitlow '92BA/H&S is 
a petty officer in the U.S. Naval 
Reserves. She is working towards 
certification as an assistant weather 
forecaster for Naval Air Station. 

Tammy Williams 91 BS/H&S 
'93MS/E married Christopher 
RoUison on December 17 in 
Petersburg. Tammy works at 
Central State Hospital. The couple 
live in Glen Allen, VA. 

*John Wilkinson '94BAyH&S is 
assistant producer for "With Good 
Reason," a public radio show 
produced by Virginia's State 
Council of Higher Education. 

KeUiWUson'91BS/MCisa 
broadcast producer for the 
American Institute of Physics in 
College Park, MD. Kelli and her 
husband Robert '90BFA/A live in 
Alexandria, VA. 

Harold Wright )r.'88MEd 
'93PhD/E is principal at Charles 
City High School. Harold was pre- 
viously assistant principal at Patrick 
Henry High School in Hanover 
County for 6 years. 



♦Sandy Yi '92BS/SW is a social 
worker for St. Vincent's Hospital 
and Medical Center in New York 
City. Sandy graduated from 
Columbia University with a 
master's degree in social work 
in 1994. 

Obituaries 

1 930s 

Isabel Zimmerman '34BA/E 
'35MS/SW in Ann Arbor, MI. 

1 940s 

Dorothea Cram '39BFA 
'41MFA/A on May 4 in Richmond. 

Mary Egasti '48BS/E in 1992 in 
Mashpee, MA. 

1 950s 

John Barnes '50BS/B on March 
5, 1994 in Charlotte Court House, 
VA. 

Joyce Cobb '53BME/A in 
Richmond. 

Edward Johnson '54BS/H8(S 
'58MS/SW in lanuary 1985 in 
Bethesda,MD. 

John Mazza '52BFA/A October 
1990 in Petersburg. 

John Trueba '53MS/SW 
December 1979 in Washington DC. 

Rudolph Wagner '56BS/H8cS 
on March 10, 1993 in Valdosta, GA. 

1 960s 

William Atack '67BS/E died of 
cancer on October 23. William was 
a judge in Flagler County Beach, FL. 



Jane Boissy '64BS/SW |une 
1993 in Salisbury, MD. 

James Clark '62MS/SW 
December 14, 1992 in Woodland, 
NC. 

Lucie Cooper '63MS/E July 
1981 in Harrisonburg, VA. 

Joseph Dunn '6 IBFA/A 
October 5 in Champaign, IL. 

Anne Felton '68BS/E August 
1989 m Piedmont, CA. 

Robert Fischer Jr. '66BFA/A 
luly 1980 in Virginia Beach. 

Daniel Glover '69BS/MC |uly 
14 in Corpus Christi, TX. 

Charles Grubbs Jr. '63BS/B 
March 24, 1993 in Virginia Beach. 

George Pomraning Jr. 
'69BS/H8cS September 1973 in 
Harrisburg, PA. 

Lawrence Walter Zinski 
'69BS/S, retired vice president of 
Philip Morris USA, after a long 
illness, on May 7, at 54. 

1970s 

Raymond Blanch '76BA/H&S 

April 1993 in Arlington, VA. 

Thomas Browning '71BS/B 
May 31 in San Diego, CA. 

Betty Breed '72BS/E August 

1992 in Richmond. 

Timothy Burrell '76BS/H&S in 
Oakton, VA. 

Robin Carlson '79BS/SW 
November 7 in Richmond. 

Emmet Clarke Jr. '72AS/H8cS 
May 1993 m Mechanics^Ue, VA. 

McCoy "Maxie" Davis '76BS 
'79MS/SW November 15 after a 
long illness in Richmond. Maxie 
was a social worker for Richmond 
Public Schools. 

Donald Edinger Jr. '74MD/M 
'78PhD/H8(S m 1988 in Milton, 
MA. 

Webster Epps II '79BFA/A 
October 3 in West Point. 

Arminta Goode '75BS/E 
lanuary 2 in Richmond. Arminta 
was a teacher at Blackwell 
Elementary School for 20 years. 

B. Ann Goodwin '74BS/E 
Februar)' 1993 in Waverly, VA. 

Llewellyn Harrison Jr. 
'79BFA/A November 14 of heart 
problems in Richmond. Llewellyn 
was an award-winning set designer 
for Broadway theater and motion 
pictures. 

George Null '75BA/H8£S 
'78C/B April 1993 in Richmond. 

Billie Perham Jr. '77BAyH&S 
July 1992 m Oakland, CA. 

W. Knox Sampson '70MS/SW 
September 10 in Dallas, Oregon. 

Gilbert Shaw '72BFA/A lanuary 
8 of lung cancer in New York City. 

Ferril ShuU '72BFA/A July 29, 

1993 in Staunton. 

Benjamin Spencer Jr. '79BS/E 
in Richmond. 



Dewey Stewart 76BFAyA July 
10 in Vinton, VA. 

Arthur Tomaszewski II '76BA/ 
H8cS April 1984 in Houston, TX. 

Mary Lou Woodfin '70BS/E 
lanuary 19 after a long illness in 
Richmond. Mary was a retired ele- 
mentary teacher with Chesterfield 
County Public Schools. 

1 980s 

Calvin Barksdale '86BS/B April 
1994 in Alton, VA. 

Angeline Croft '83BS/H8;S 

November 24 of an automobile 
accident. Angeline was employed by 
Clark Broadcasting. 

Kenneth Goodman '88BS/B 
April 13 in Richmond. 

Thomas Gregory '84BFA/A 
September 16 in Richmond. 
Thomas was an assistant professor 
at the University of Richmond. 

Michael Jencik '81BS/H8tS in 
Richmond. 

Linda Livengood '89BS/MC 
February 22 in Richmond. Linda 
produced the real estate news 
section of the Metro Real Estate 
magazine since its inception in 1991 
and was also a freelance writer for 
Richmond Newspapers Inc. 

Thomas Ramsey '83BS/H8(S 
May 1989 in Panama City, FL. 

Robert Tabb'88MBA/B 
November 13 in Newport News. 
Robert was a real estate appraiser 
for the Department of Navy. 

Carolyn Thompson '81MED/E 
December 6 in Richmond. Carolyn 
was a guidance coordinator for 
Manchester Middle School. 

1 990s 

John Barnett '92BFA/A August 
25 after a long illness in Richmond. 
John was owner of Floral Design 
studio and a devoted gospel singer. 

John Taylor Iir92BFA/A 
October 4 in Richmond. John was a 
graphic designer for Tuff Stuff 
Publications, Inc. 

FnendofVCU 

Mary Harvey January 1995 in 
Richmond. 

Unknown School and Grad Date 

Juanita Gorrell November 16 
in Greensboro, NC. 

Gerald Nobles August 24 after a 
long illness at Beekman Hospital in 
New York City. He was educated at 
RPI, and retired from a long career 
in stage and theatre. At the time of 
his death, Gerald was working as an 
office manager for the Citgo 
Corporation in New York. 

Marguerite Wainwright 
December 19 in Richmond. 



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Schools, Colleges, Divisiotis 

A Arts 

AH Allied Health Professions 

B Business 

BH Basic Health Sciences 

C&PA Community and Pubhc 
Affairs 

D Dentistry 

E Education 

H&S Humanities and Sciences 

M Medicine 

MC Mass Communications 

N Nursing 

NTS Nontraditional Studies 
Program/Community and 
International Programs 

P Pharmacy 

SW Social Work 

Other abbreviations 

C Certificate 

BGS Bachelor of General Studies 

BFA, MFA Bachelor, Master of 

Fine Art 
MIS Master of Interdisciplinary 

Studies 




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Chesterfield/Chester/Colonial Hgts. 
Neighborhood Alumni Reception 

September 19 

West End Neighborhood Alumni Reception 
Dominion Club 

October 5 

Washington D. C. Alumni Get Together 

October 17 

Family Weekend- Academic campus 

October 13-15 

Parents and Partners Day-MCV campus 

October 14 

Founders' Day 

November 3 

Homecoming Dance 

November 4 

Alumni Extern Program 

January 2-12 

Convocation 

February 7 

BrandemuliySalisbury Alumni Get Together 

March 4 (week of) 

Alumni Extern Program 

March 11-15 

Mechanicsville Alumni Get Together 

May 6 (week of) 

Commencement 

May 18 

Downtown Alumni Get Together 

June 10 (week of) 




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